(Freedom and Dreams)
9. Political systems of the 20th century and Tatarka’s Community of God
Political systems of the 20th century and Tatarka’s Community of God
“I am rushing to extinction, my personal destruction, with the freedom of a falling fifty-year-old stone. Before the final fall beneath the surface of the lake the opportunity arose to publicly pronounce my dream out loud, my ideal for social order, the order of this, my republic, so that it is an internally free and just republic, not a dehumanized state mechanism grinding down humanity.”
Dominik Tatarka: “Obec Božia” (“Community of God”)1
Every creative artist has his own “archai”, his own organic being, kindred identity, which is individual and at the same time so universal that it is capable of absorbing and also influencing. It is this particular creative “I” that joins the modern with the traditional. A writer’s style is thus found in the selection of words and in their arrangement expressing his nature, his person and social identity; this is the sum of his innate gifts and those acquired in childhood and later, as well as aspects which he expresses in his own way through artistic means. To determine the character and type of writer, his specifics, is essential in the case of Dominik Tatarka, because he did not authorize some of his work at the end of his life, and so literary scholars have subsequently battled over the authorship of some works which may be credited to him.
In the second half of...
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