Dominik Tatarka: the Slovak Don Quixote: (Freedom and Dreams) by Mária BátorováDominik Tatarka: the Slovak Don Quixote: (Freedom and Dreams) by Mária Bátorová

Dominik Tatarka: the Slovak Don Quixote: (Freedom and Dreams)

byMária Bátorová

Paperback | January 12, 2016

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The book deals with the question of resistance to Soviet hegemony in Central Europe after 1968, when Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia. The political and cultural situation in the context of Central Europe is presented through the life and work of the Slovak dissident, the writer Dominik Tatarka, who signed Charta 77 immediately after Václav Havel. For the first time, the wider context of resistance to violence and to intellectual as well as material hegemony is explored here. Using the comparative method, this work considers historical, philosophical and sociological ramifications of this resistance. To understand the issues of dissent means to comprehend the alternative and parallel culture of the 20th century. Thanks to this culture and the efforts of intellectuals in particular, the present-day relatively free conditions for creation and life in general were created. On the basis of the literary work and life of one of the Charta 77 signatories, Dominik Tatarka, this work addresses the topic of dissident literature. By the use of the comparative method Slovak literature is analysed alongside other literatures of Central Europe (e.g. the literature of Czech dissent Václav Havel, Ludvík Vaculík), as well as French (exploring the genetic connection between Dominik Tatarka and Albert Camus). This illustrates the wider context of the idea of freedom and free cultural values characterizing Tatarka’s work.
Mária Bátorová, (Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Pedagogical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava) specializes in German literature, Slavic literatures and comparative literature. For political reasons she was banned from publishing until 1989. In 1995–1998 she taught at the University of Cologne, Ge...
Title:Dominik Tatarka: the Slovak Don Quixote: (Freedom and Dreams)Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.45 × 6.69 × 0.6 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631668406

ISBN - 13:9783631668405


Table of Contents

Contents: Internal emigration as a gesture of freedom (Dominik Tatarka and Ludvík Vaculík after 1968) – Traces of «autobiography» in fiction (On the question of authenticity of an artistic work – Essays on culture (Aesthetic and political opinions) – Types of depiction – Water as the Beginning and End (The water motif) – The relationship of nature and culture in Slovak literary modernism – The Adventure of Humanity (Dominik Tatarka and Albert Camus) – Freedom and dreams – Political systems of the 20th century and Tatarka’s Community of God – Tatarka’s multilayered identity (The myth and reality of the author’s archai) – The relativistic and materialistic perception of mankind (The postmodern and the work of Dominik Tatarka).