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"Stones" – An Attempt to Correct a Typo

Author(s): Albert Benbasat
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Jewish studies, Studies of Literature, History of Judaism, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: P. Yu. Todorov; Jewish theme; genre "idyll"; historical and biblical events

Summary/Abstract: P. Yu. Todorov is one of the few Bulgarian writers who artistically recreate the Jewish theme. His story "Stones" is directly connected with the life of the Bulgarian Jews, but in the first volume of his collected works (1979), it is called "idyll". Another mistake, but this time a typo, is that in the contents of this volume the title "Stones" is printed as "Reed". This article attempts to prove that "Stones" does not fit the genre "idyll" and that this story is tied with both moments of the biography of the writer, as well as his civil and socio-moral positions. The analysis is based on documentary sources, letters, memoirs, and himself publications of P. Yu. Todorov. The historical and biblical events and motives that are directly or indirectly present in the work are also interpreted. One of the important conclusions is that "Stones" represents a more complex genre mixture, in which modern and traditional narrative and stylistic techniques are intertwined, building its semantic polyphony.

  • Issue Year: 63/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 90-101
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian