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Ostrov Cohnova rozhodnutí aneb krajina jmen v románu Bernarda Malamuda Boží milost
The Island of Cohn’s Decision or Area of Personal Names in the Novel God’s Grace by Bernard Malamud

Author(s): Žaneta Dvořáková
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: literary onomastics

Summary/Abstract: Humankind was destroyed during a nuclear war. This is the beginning of the last novel of B. Malamud, God’s Grace. The only man who survived was Calvin Cohn. On a boat he found a speaking chimpanzee and then a group of chimpanzees and baboons on an island. Cohn as a new biblical Adam gave names to the monkeys. There are two different sorts of these names – biblical ones playing a role of nomen omen and describing characters on one hand and names of Cohn’s family members and friends on the other hand – names which were part of Cohn’s past life, his memory.

  • Issue Year: LII/2011
  • Issue No: 52
  • Page Range: 45-54
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech