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Krležianic grotesque: war and politics in Mòra by Tomislav Bakarić


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Senker, Boris. (2015). Krležianic grotesque: war and politics in Mòra by Tomislav Bakarić. Dani Hvarskoga kazališta : Građa i rasprave o hrvatskoj književnosti i kazalištu, 41(1). pp. 298-316. ISSN 1849-0255

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Mòra (The Nightmare), written by Tomislav Bakarić, was published and staged in 1978 to almost hostile critical respond. The play, defined in this article as a stage grotesque which enters into »dispute« (Jan Assmann) with Miroslav Krleža’s writings, deals with the last years of life of Croatian politician Frano Supilo and with the position of Croats and Croatian lands in the Worl War I. Although the central focus in the play is on political issues, especially on the issue of federalistic or unitaristic form of government in multinational states, three scenes that take place at the battlefield shift readers’/spectators’ attention to the World War I and war in general. The playwright’s thesis is that during this war Croatian soldiers were fighting on both sides, Austro-Hungarian and Serbian, and that Croats were by the both sides treated as military desirable but politically unreliable and potentially subversive allies. The key scene for understanding war in Bakarić’s grotesque is the final scene of the first act: Franz Joseph’s praise of the beauty of young soldiers’ corpses and the imaginary meeting of the three emperors – Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Italian – on the battlefield .

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Comparative literature
Departments: Department of Comparative Literature
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 10:17

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