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„Човек не обича вечно, не обича и истински“
One does not love forever, one does not also truly love

Author(s): Polina Ivanova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«

Summary/Abstract: In 1977 Roland Barthes, analyzing the emblematic European literature texts, discovered and named a new type of a love feeling, which is different than the usual one. According to the French philosopher the action of love-passion consists of a continuous act of running, searching and wondering and in addition to being different from the usual “love” it often ends tragically. Around 40 years earlier a novel that also illustrates the positions of “A Lover's Discourse: Fragments” was written in Bulgaria. “Тhe homestead by the border” by Yordan Yovkov matches the description that Barthes gives for the person that has fallen in love, full of degradational love. Our author has a profound understanding of the psychology of the man, who has turned his love in an end by itself, who has taken away his life after finding out that the romantic feeling is an unachievable target for him. As a result, in a very Barthes way, Nona is separating herself from the social world and eventually setting off to a completely different world, refusing to be a part of the social or even of the individual reality. Considering Yovkov's Nona through Roland Barthes, this article is trying to inculcate the theoretical matrix on the Bulgarian text but at the same time to leave it to “breathe” in its own distinctive way.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 334-349
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian