(Freedom and Dreams)
5. Water as the Beginning and End (The water motif)
Water as the Beginning and End
(The water motif)
“I am a Carpathian shepherdAnd worship everything that is real”
Dominik Tatarka: Navrávačky
“Water flows, pain hurts.”
D. Tatarka’s mother
Dominik Tatarka was the kind of writer we can consider to be a key element in his own creative work. He is an author who said about himself: “For me writing is all about my own experience; writing is my self-awareness”.1 The interpreter of his work must also consider the author himself. Although educated at Charles University and the Sorbonne, he still refers to himself as a “Carpathian shepherd…” and as readers, we cannot ignore these epithets because they carry clear connotations. Perhaps it was because he was a modern, well-travelled man who knew many countries and languages that Tatarka made a point of identifying himself with Slovakia.2
The geography of Slovakia and its special features are very relevant to the theme of water. The immense Carpathian horseshoe overarches the country from the west, across the north and into the east. One section of this horseshoe is made up of the High Tatra mountains in the north; in the south the River Danube forms a natural boundary into which the rivers Váh, Hron and ← 111 | 112 → Nitra all flow. This small country has 1500 mineral springs and many spas, each with their own distinctive healing powers. Archaeological findings show that...
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