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Невидимото в литературата на прехода
The Invisible in the Literature of the Transition

Author(s): Liudmila Mindova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: Bulgarian literature; comparative studies; totalitarianism; metaphysics; psychoanalysis; phenomenology of perception
Summary/Abstract: Invisibility is a theme frequently exploited in imaginative literature. However, during the Transition writers began using it even more often. In a number of works, the attribute “invisible” is part of their very titles. Such are, for example, Georgi Gospodinov’s collection of essays The Invisible Crises (2013), Ventzeslav Konstantinov’s book of poems The Invisible Unavoidable Things (2013), the collection of very short stories by Mira Dushkova Invisible Things (2014), Natalia Deleva’s novel The Invisible Ones (2017), Mehmed Atipov’s collection of short stories Invisible Life (2018). The literature of the Transition not only actualizes but manifests with added emphasis its interest for the metaphysical topics in art. This is not only a reflex born out of the rejection or neglect they suffered in the years of state atheism but also an expression of the renewed interest in them in crisis situations.