Silvije Petranovic Bartch

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A brilliant and highly influential essay links the word “Tragedy” with the expression “Central Europe”, while an equally influential book carries the word “collapse” on its cover. The former text, that is, the essay by Milan Kundera, explores the socialist, imperial Soviet totalitarianism as the post-World War II generator of destruction of the very spirit of Central Europe. The book, by Karl-Marcus Gauss, is still influential as a description of the collapse of the oneiric landscape, with the Holocaust as a literal, physical method of elimination of the fruitful, crucially important Jewish cultural component. Thus criminally amputated, the essentially plural and multicultural spirit of Central Europe was devastated beyond recognition. Faced with the collapse and tragedy of Central Europe understood in this way, as a cornerstone of his cultural as well as a more general genealogical habitus, Bartch felt called upon to undertake a closer examination of the religious and other archetypes that defined the gnoseological space for his art.... - written by poet Delimir Resicki

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