Czechoslovakia's camp and prison prose
Source document: . Literární historiografie a česko-slovenské vztahy. Editor: Pospíšil, Ivo; Editor: Zelenková, Anna. V Tribunu EU vyd. 1. Brno: Tribun EU, 2011, pp. 45-51
Literary works come from memories of political prisoners who spent their live in concentrations camps, the so-called Gulag, are still unexplored literary and aesthetic space. Camp and prison theme, which had been brought by Russian writer Alexander Solzenitzin, even today is still actual by its message addressed for presence and future. Undeniable fact remains, that in the world of literature we cannot find of the kind, what would has been possible to compare to all Russian camp literature. Notwithstanding this type of literature is only Russian - made phenomenon, even though we can find it more or less in the other national literatures. World of camps and prison, to which were insert opponents of communist regime, becomes the theme of literary form also for various political prisoners in the former Czechoslovakia. Their own experiences and sufferings become the base for interception of ocular event outlived often by author non-writer. Memories and experiences from the time spent in the concentration camps, prisons and exiles brought all those, who survived. They brought them to a new life and many of them tried to truly remember by the reconstruction of their memories and writing their memories, personal confessions, authentic reproduced testimonies and evidences. We focus in short on the representative part of individual, life, historic and social aspects of camp and prison prose and primarily we paid attention on literary impersonation of life a tort punished in the settings of prison and camps on the territory of former Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union, where the authors like Rudolf Dobias, Dusan Slobodnik, Karel Pecka survived the time of their life and which they portrayed in their own literary works.
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