(Freedom and Dreams)
2. Traces of “autobiography” in fiction (On the question of authenticity of an artistic work)
Traces of “autobiography” in fiction
(On the question of authenticity of an artistic work)
“To testify, this for me is a first-hand happening”.“For me writing is all about my own experience; writing is my self-awareness.”
Dominik Tatarka, Sám proti noci, p. 34, p. 97
“For me love is not a state, an association, a blessing – love is for me a creation, an expression. And so that I make myself clear in this regard, I have nothing – wood, stone, wealth, power – I have only words…”
Dominik Tatarka, Písačky pre milovanú Lutéciu, p. 266
An artistic work, in our case a text, provides a report about the author. The text bears symbols which retroactively assign the author to a literary current of the 20th century, to the modern or the postmodern. A completely specific text informs about the author, if the writer is concentrated on the self and retells or “rewrites” his world into a literary form, as Dominik Tatarka does in the works which I will deal with in this study. The authenticity then creates the bedrock of his literary work, in some places more and in others less evidently. The authenticity of the external contours of the author’s reality is not only granted to the reader by events taken directly from the life of the author. This exists with Tatarka, but it is not so significant. By the authenticity of...
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