THE MYTH OF SACRIFICE AND THE MYTH OF TRUTH IN SLOVAK LITERATURE AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR (J. C. HRONSKÝ: ANDREAS BÚR MAJSTER AND DOMINIK TATARKA: FARSKÁ REPUBLIKA AND ESSAYS)

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Mária Bátorová

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Hronský’s work was written in Rome at the beginning of his journey until emigration in 1947/48. This, in terms of genre and content, is a distinctive form: an autobiographical tale through which the author erected a memorial. Andreas Búr embodies the capabilities and tragedy of the author. The sacrifice for the people who kill him bears in itself a Christian pathos and at the same time the extinction of everything the author was. His character remains in the memory of the people as the myth of an ethical act. Tatarka’s work was written in Slovakia in 1948. This critique of conventional Christianity, which has tragic consequences for a defenceless woman and her children, is linked with criticism of the author Hronský in the novel Andreas Búr Majster. The movement towards the myth of truth begins in Tatarka immediately at the time of thawing after Stalin’s death in the essay “Démon súhlasu” (The Demon of Conformity) and ends in the author’s 19 years of “life in truth” and the victim of a life without civil rights.

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Bátorová, M. (2019). THE MYTH OF SACRIFICE AND THE MYTH OF TRUTH IN SLOVAK LITERATURE AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR (J. C. HRONSKÝ: ANDREAS BÚR MAJSTER AND DOMINIK TATARKA: FARSKÁ REPUBLIKA AND ESSAYS). Porównania, 23(2), 35–46. https://doi.org/10.14746/p.2018.23.18694
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Mária Bátorová, Slovenská akadémia vied, Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave

Prof. PhDr. DrSc. (Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Pedagogical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava) specializes in German literature, Slavic literatures and comparative literature. For political reasons, she was banned from publishing until 1989. After that 17 books. She is a Member of the Scientifique Society of the SAS. She taught at the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany in 1995-1998. In 2011 she founded the Center for research in comparative literature KDĎ at the Pedagogical Faculty of Comenius University. In her seven scientific monographs and other articles she studies the problematique of repressed and tabooized themes of Slovak literary history of the 20th Century. Using a new comparative method, she reconstructs the place of Slovak literary modernism in the context of European literary modernism. She is also known as a literary author and essayist. Her works were translated into 8 languages. Her monograph Jozef Cíger Hronský und die europäische Moderne (Jozef Cíger Hronský and European modernism) was published by Peter Lang Publishers in 2004. Her most recent monograph is Dominik Tatarka – slovenský Don Quijote (Dominik Tatarka – The Slovak Don Quijote) was published by Veda in 2012 (Dominik Tararka the Slovak Don Quixote. Freedom and Dreams, Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Brussels, New York, Oxford, Vienna/Veda Bratislava, 2015).

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