In: World Literature Studies, vol. 8, no. 2
Year, pages: 2016, 76 - 88
Czech fiction after 1989. Michal Ajvaz. Journey towards the other. “Fantasque realism”.
Article type: štúdie / articles
Document type: pdf
The study deals with the poetics of all the prose fiction written by Michal Ajvaz (born 1949), who among contemporary Czech authors shows the greatest affinity towards magical realism, and, what is more, has even commented repeatedly on the connection between his works and this genre. We consider the metaphor of the “other city”, which we borrowed from the title of his best-known novel, to be the key to the interpretation of the ideological framework of his texts. Having been obviously inspired by phenomenology, Ajvaz, in his work, draws attention to the over-accustomed and indolent ways in which people perceive reality that has been reduced to a perspective from which one can see very little. Modified in various forms, Ajvaz’s stories ask the readers to start a journey towards the other, the different, and unknown, thereby emancipating themselves from the slavishly accepted schemes of acting and behaving prearranged by the European Cartesian tradition. However, the journey towards admitting the “other world” alone could be a challenging pilgrimage which is itself meaningful and does not follow any particular aim.
How to cite:
Gilk, E. 2016. Cesty za ztracenou jednotou. Příspěvek k autorské poetice Michala Ajvaze. In World Literature Studies, vol. 8, no.2, pp. 76-88. 1337-9275.
Gilk, E. (2016). Cesty za ztracenou jednotou. Příspěvek k autorské poetice Michala Ajvaze. World Literature Studies, 8(2), 76-88. 1337-9275.
Publisher: ÚSvL SAV, v. v. i.