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Bałkańskie kompleksy „gorszej Europy” w prozie Ermisa Lafazanovskiego
Balkan complexes of “worse Europe” in works of Ermis Lafazanovski

Author(s): Lilla Moroz-Grzelak
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: “worse Europe”; contemporary Macedonian literature; Ermis Lafazanovski; Western Europe; Eastern Europe

Summary/Abstract: Over the centuries, the European continent was divided into different spaces according to different axes: both geopolitical and economic history of East and West and the historical and geocultural division into North and South. Differentiation was present in Europe in vari¬ous ways, either by the use of geographical terms, which became the indicators of difference, or how the politicians wanted to see it – split into Western Europe, Eastern Europe or Central and Eastern Europe. They represent the heterogeneity and diverse influences of civilization, that are reflected in its culture. The division into different cultural spaces is mirrored in the literature. Here, from a broad selection of south Slavic literature, for the basis of analysis two works of contemporary Macedo¬nian writer Ermis Lafazanovski were selected: novel Hrapeshko and short story Exotic cantata. They reveal the existence of cultural differences and traditions, represented in the antinomies friend–foe, top–down which show spatial differences in Europe burdened by her stereotypes.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 45-56
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish