Svět mladých lidí v současné české a ukrajinské próze (román Serhije Žadana Depeš mod a Jaroslava Rudiše Nebe pod Berlínem)

Title in English The World of Young People in Contemporary Czech and Ukrainian Prose (Novels Depeš Mod by Serhiy Zhadan and Nebe pod Berlínem by Jaroslav Rudiš)


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Mladá slavistika II. Vnější a vnitřní vazby a souvislosti ve slovanských literaturách, jazycích a kulturách
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords contemporary Ukrainian prose; contemporary Czech prose; existence and identity; way and trains; Serhiy Zhadan; Jaroslav Rudiš
Description The writers very often address the basic question of the direction of life, which can be seen in the literature of all countries and times. However, the history and transformations of the society are significantly reflected in the way of looking at human existence. Therefore, this comparative study focuses on the comparison of two authors of contemporary Ukrainian and Czech prose in order to portray the perception of the modern world by young people. The selected novels are closely interconnected by a number of common features: the tendency of pop-literature, the search for one’s own identity in a time of indefiniteness and uncertainty (which is typical for contemporary literature), characters are lost in their ways which lead to nowhere, where a way (depicted as trains and tracks) and losing a home are distinctive images in the authors’ work. Through the exploration of the main characters, their state of mind and thoughts as well as the environment in which they live, we conclude that both the Ukrainian and the Czech writer use their characters to reflect the conscience, nervousness and unease of their generation in the uncertainty of today’s times.
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