Freedom as a state of mind and prison as a place - The projection of freedom in

Liria si gjendje dhe burgu si vend - Projektimi i lirisë në "Rrno vetëm për me tregue"
Freedom as a state of mind and prison as a place - The projection of freedom in "Rrno vetëm për me tregue"

Author(s): Eljon Doçe
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Albanian Literature
Published by: Univeristeti i Prishtinës, Fakulteti i Filologjisë
Keywords: place; state of mind; prison; freedom; documentary prose;

Summary/Abstract: This article takes into consideration the dichotomous relationship between prison vs freedom (where the first term is an actual place or a physical condition, and the second one is as an internal state of mind) in the documentary prose “Live only to tell”, of Father Zef Pllumi.In this special type of prose, the central place\places where everything happens is the over restricted (physical and mental) space of communist prisons.On the other hand, inside this place, in the extreme conditions of the violence and oppression of one fundamental human right, the freedom to exist and to think, Father Zef Pllumi creates, however, an inner dimension of freedom, which is a state of mind of being free, despite what happens outside this dimension.For Father Zef Pllumi, through his narration of the horrors of the communist prisons, among other things, is the idea that the freedom to exist and, above all, to think, is an inalienable human right and that it cannot be conditioned by any limitation, restriction or even by physical destruction.The survival instinct of Father Zef Pllumi is not limited only at trying to survive physically. If it was just that, he would not have made the choice to follow his religious and spiritual vocation when, on the other hand, the consequences for that action were very clear to him. He believes in the effort and struggle to be free to exist the way a person chooses to be.Despite it’s appearing as a prison-related narration, no matter how contradictory it may seem, "Live just to tell” is actually a narration about freedom.

  • Issue Year: 2/2018
  • Issue No: 37
  • Page Range: 67 - 74
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Albanian