(Freedom and Dreams)
3. Essays on culture (Aesthetic and political opinions)
Essays1 on culture
(Aesthetic and political opinions)
“Collective and unexpected disruption of connections and traditions unexplained by national and individual development and needs, each breach or scattering of the system of communicating symbols forming each national culture can be understood only as a defeat or a catastrophe, as an attempt at the disintegration of the human and national personality.”
Dominik Tatarka: “Vyznanie sochárom”. Kultúrny život, 1968.
Tatarka relates to the 19th century not only through his apology for Romanticism, but also through his use of a significant genre from this period – the essay. If a “posturing which is a form of the figurativeness of the narrative forms of literature” (Valček) is characteristic of the essay, this theoretical instruction is close to Tatarka. Discernment using the “subject-object synthesis” inherent to the essay, but not to poetry and the epic, however, cannot be applied in Tatarka, because he rather disproportionately and arbitrarily ← 69 | 70 → works with time and space, both in his essays as well as in his prose works. The author replaces loss of continuity, associational splits and time disjunctions, with back currents and repeated ideas. This is one of the reasons why some literary critics and historians assign the essays he wrote during times of internal emigration to the postmodern. These symptoms of form are not sufficient for such a classification, however. It is impossible to perceive the breaches of continuity, the spontaneity in presenting arguments...
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