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Un voyage d’Oscar Milosz en Lituanie: tentative de retrouvailles
Oskaras Milašius’s Journey to Lithuania: An Attempt at Reunion

Author(s): Genovaitė Dručkutė
Subject(s): Cultural history, Short Story, Lithuanian Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla
Keywords: Milosz; Prozor; journey; memory; nostalgia; past; modernity; image;

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the story of Oskaras Milašius’s journey to Lithuania which took place in August 1922. Accompanied by her father Maurice Prozor, the author of the story Greta Prozor is also the one who traveled alongside the poet and witnessed his journey first hand. As the analysis draws on the theoretical grounding for travel writing, the article seeks to define and interpret both the image of Lithuania and the figure of the protagonist of the story Milašius. The analysis comes to the conclusion that the author of the story reflectively foregrounds the geographical, historical, social, and cultural history of the country unknown to her before. It also comes to the realization that the “otherness” of Lithuania and its inherent “exotics” lie within the union between the past and the present. It is the union between the past full of life and the present times that determines the distinctive singularity of Lithuania in Europe, which the travelers seem to know well. During the cause of the story, the figure of Milašius is defined through the literary character of Don Quixote, the poet’s alter ego. His nostalgia-driven attempt at the reunion with the family’s past is, in fact, impossible; it cannot be accomplished in present reality. The real reunion with the past most yearned for is possible only throughout the oral and written story.

  • Issue Year: 60/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 26-33
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: French