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Паметта на историята. Една равносметка на Стефан Цанев
The Memory of History: A Balance by Stefan Tsanev

Author(s): Grażyna Szwat-Gyłybowa
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Novel; Tsanev; Literature; Proto-Bulgarians’ heritage; Bogomilian tradition

Summary/Abstract: In his novel Gods and Ants: Chronicle of the 20-th Century Stefan Tsanev uses some representing techniques, typical for the magic realism, to describe the fate of the Bulgarians in the context of the historical events. The fate of the characters is present in the light of Proto-Bulgarians’ heritage and Bogomilian tradition. In this way it attracts the readers’ attention to the roots of the common Bulgarian fate, closely connected to the history of the state. The succession of events in the novel’s world is presented as a matrix which reproduces itself during the centuries. The reality is presented as a demonic realm (like in the Bogomilian myths) and contrasts with Enlightenment’s ideas of people’s progress. The belief in collapse of all kinds of utopias leads to a typical postmodern loss of hope for the illusion of the sense.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 112-121
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian