Babylonský příběh a Odysseovo dědictví v Ajvazově Zlatém věku

Title: Babylonský příběh a Odysseovo dědictví v Ajvazově Zlatém věku
Variant title:
  • The Babylon tale and Ulysses legacy in Ajvaz's novel The Golden age
Source document: Slavica litteraria. 2011, vol. 14, iss. 2, pp. [83]-91
  • ISSN
    1212-1509 (print)
    2336-4491 (online)
Type: Article
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The study represents closer research into Ajvaz's novel The Golden Age, we find very difficult to read without certain directions and references which contain archetypal determinants. Both archetypal and mythological elements are of a great importance in interpreting Ajvaz's poetics, since writer uses them in a very colourful manner in each and every work. This is the reason we have named the study "The Babylon tale", for it expresses the internal principal of textual organization both semantically and linguistically. The main story in the novel is divided into several narrative levels, which are discontinuously arranged so that each level has its own internal structure. The narration partly resembles to deconstructive text with separated cycles and different elements conjoined by the main discourse about narrator's long journey. The motive of journey is the reason why "Ulysses legacy" was added in a title, because it denotes a wide range of narrator's extraordinary experiences, compiled not only of island anecdotes, but of various references the reader has to follow in order to get to the bottom of the journey itself. Among all this, the book title "Golden age", comes from Greek mythology and refers to a sequence of several ages of Man, in which the Golden age is the first. By extension "Golden age" denotes a period of primordial peace, harmony and prosperity, which is the exact description of the island society, visited and depicted by narrator. Behind that mythological background, there are certain elements of analytic philosophy in the novel involved in a discourse, which is presented by Meinong's Theory of objects (Gegenstandstheorie) quoted in the introduction of the novel. Most of Meinong's findings and conclusions are related to semantics of fictionality, the topic best presented in Doležel's work Heterocosmic. Fiction and Possible Worlds, which we've consulted in the research. Finally, we haven't found a convenient term to describe Ajvaz's poetics, but we have discovered lots of markers which help us get through the incredible voyage his novel really is.
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