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„Kамени спавач“ на Мак Диздар или довикување меѓу вековите
Stone Sleeper by Mak Dizdar or a Dialogue between Centuries

Author(s): Naume Radichevski
Subject(s): Visual Arts, Bosnian Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Theory of Literature
Published by: Fakultet humanističkih nauka, Univerzitet »Džemal Bijedić« u Mostaru
Keywords: Mak Dizdar; Stone Sleeper; tombstone inscriptions; time-gate; poet thinker; poet prophet;
Summary/Abstract: With the Stone Sleeper, his unique poetic achievement, Mak Dizdar has established himself not only as a dreamer and a remarkable thinker, but as a rare, unattainable, and never fully graspable prophet and visionary. Most impressive is the fact that he achieves this through an imaginary, and a dominantly poetic dialogue with the ancestors from the order of the Bogomils, that is, Bosnian Christians. Through the inscriptions on their tombstones in that already deepened poetic venture and project, he appears as both their reader and interlocutor. On account of this very analytical ungraspability, this contribution insists on detecting at least some of the connections between the 20th-century poet and prophet, on the one hand, and, on the other, his impossibly possible, if not doubles, then at least fellow travellers sharing his sentiments and ideas, but above all his fate in the triviality and transience of space and time. In this reading of Dizdar’s Stone Sleeper as an attempt to find the connections between the identicalities divided by temporal infinity, or as an attempt to transcend time, that is, to enter time eternal, to reach timelessness, one nevertheless humbly concludes by interpreting this poetic endeavour as an incredibly profound and endlessly existentialist and philosophical poetogram that is an expression of man’s defiance of infinity.

  • Page Range: 79-90
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: Macedonian