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„Малкият човек на фона на голямата история” в романите на Греъм Суифт
“A Small Man at Big History” in Graham Swift’s Novels

Author(s): Vesela Katsarova
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Translation Studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: War; History; Fate; Trauma; Alienation; Family; Love

Summary/Abstract: The focus in this study is laid upon the problems of the individual in the catastrophic 20th century which are actually the recurrent issues in Swift’s novels. As the author says, his major theme is to depict “a small man at big history”. Next to the experiences mainly during WW ІІ the author is further interested in family relations and conflicts, usually characterized by acts of subordination or passive submission. Usually, Swift’s typical protagonists are vulnerable human beings in a state of crisis who are pressed by the urgent need to relate their own stories. Therefore, the author usually employs first-person narration. Next to the social and ethical dimensions in Swift’s fiction, his impressive artistic achievements are further studied.Almost all protagonists in Graham Swift’s novels are vulnerable and wounded human beings depicted against the background of such great historical events as the French Revolution, the two world wars in the 20th century, etc. The author usually employs first-person narrations as the protagonists are pressed by the urge to tell their personal drama. The purpose of this study is to present all novels by Swift with a particular emphasis on his masterpiece Waterland.

  • Issue Year: 61/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 92-119
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Bulgarian