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PERSPECTIVES ON THE IDEA OF MAN UNDER TIMES IN OCTAVIAN PALER’S WORK “DON QUIXOTE IN THE EAST”

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Author(s): Cristina-Eugenia Burtea-Cioroianu

Journal: Language and Literature : European Landmarks of Identity
ISSN 1843-1577

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2011;
Start page: 183;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: society | illusion | Don Quixote

ABSTRACT
This paper reflects Octavian Paler’s ideas in the work “Don Quixote in the East”, ideas which concentrate the image of a writer caught in a reality he is not satisfied with. Located in the space between two worlds, the occidental and oriental ones or the one here and beyond the Romanian communism, an atemporal space of moral reflection, Octavian Paler tries to understand the questions tormenting all those who let themselves lived by history. In opposition to the totalitarian period, Octavian Paler reveals his deep disappointment as far as the present is concerned, since the freedom much fought for marks not a new beneficial period, but one of confusion, authority crisis, all kinds of excess. Despite the strong subjective aspect, personalization of ideas and wish for non-abusive generalization, “Don Quixote in the East” is a very good moral and social radiography of the post-December period. The writer cannot adapt whatever the context of the epoch he lives in, he is in a sort of counter-time, living the events in accordance with his own inner measure and filtering them by his well-known morality.
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