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Mária Kočanová: Mojmír’s son

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2016Mária Kočanová: Mojmír’s son

Svätopluk experiences the childhood in times when the Slavs get acquainted with Christianity through the Frankish priests. During the games with his peers he develops the characteristics which the future ruler should have – brightness, bravery and power. He shows those characteristics during the expedition into the regions inhabited by mysterious Heruli. He needs to deal with the loss of his friend Vilo, who as a propagator of the new doctrine becomes a victim of adherents of old faith, paganism... Mária Kočanová (born in 1890 in Kostoľany nad Hornádom and died in 1976 in Bratislava) is the author of several books for children and adults (Legends of Šariš, Silent Monk, etc.), published by Saint Adalbert Association till 1948. Her works also included drama production, especially for the radio. She lived in Prešov except the last years of her life and she worked as a teacher in Solivar. The highlight of her creative forces was to be a trilogy of the Great Moravia times she started to write in the interwar period. However, only one part of the trilogy remained in existence and was published as With Perun on a Shield in 2014. The novella Mojmír’s Son consists of two separate chapters of this part, not included into the published novel. Further destiny of the future Moravian prince had to be reflected in other trilogy parts.

 

Marián Hatala: Insomnia or Plus Minus Four Walls

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2016Marián Hatala: Insomnia or Plus Minus Four Walls

The author offers a poetic story in his latest book in line with the concept of the previously published books of poetry. The man of the story experiences the nightlife in a block of flats and also in the street. Hatala has been the author of reflexive poetry for some years. He intentionally writes about the family, humans, current social and political situations towards which he is not very indulgent. Although the stories are not defined geographically, the reader may recognize many things including the character of the period reflected in the author’s covert stories.

 

Zdenko Fajčák: Without a Space Bar

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2015Zdenko Fajčák: Without a Space Bar

Not only does literature take no notice of the world of contemporary outsiders, but it does not usually happen that anti-heroes, sometimes coming from a cyberpunk background, are unsettled by situations when seemingly nothing happens. The way they communicate points out rather non-sense outside them than emptying of their speech. This comes to expression perhaps in the most fitting manner in the short story The Pit, which gives a whole picture of the mire of the society. After reading a couple of short stories there is a trace which forces us to think that that it is possible to get over absurd, rough and mistaken circumstances only by irony and keeping distance from events. Certainly, he who has enough to eat does not believe the one who does not. Fortunately, Fajčák is not put off by his attitude. He creates his own truth in the short stories. So is it not so bad in reality? Even worse for reality.

 

Broňa Hochelová: A novel for girls from the previous century

Pectus publushing house, Košice 2014Broňa Hochelová: A novel for girls from the previous century

Teasing one's teachers and girl friends among a bunch of pals, carelessly hidden envy, but also dreams and cravings for love. Will the author succeed in avoiding a cliché so that the major protagonist Silvia did not seduce the physics teacher Dodo and did not become pregnant? Will she give Dodo a chance to fight for his wife when the mesmeric Džulio appears on the scene or will she make of him an iconic little character from a small town, a weak man devoid of any ambitions who is known to us from Russian literature? In the episodic line, which comprises a galaxy of a great many characters and which does not believe in a grand story, there is no philosophy nor any deep backup plan. However, it is possible to believe the view of life of simple people from the period of normalization, including their everyday joys and sorrows. Behind the facade of a naivety there is a convincing form of interpersonal relations, which are not influenced by a political situation. Due to the author's ability to transcend the boundaries between the narrator and characters the reader is invited to take a peep into the thinking, feeling and value hierarchy of the major protagonists almost effortlessly.

 

Mária Kočanová: With Perun on a Shield

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2014Mária Kočanová: With Perun on a Shield

A fifteen-year old daughter Sajava of the Croatian prince Ljudevit is to marry Zvonimír, the son of the Moravian prince Mojmír in order to solidify the unity of the Slavic people. Before the wedding took place, the whimsical and roguish girl had been kidnapped by Baldrik, the son of the Fuldian prince, who fell in love with her as a prisoner at her father's. She is saved by the one who was given to her – Zvonimír. In this way, he arouses not only thankfulness but also passionate but unrequited love in his bride-to-be. Their happiness does not last forever, though. Zvonimír dies in a battle with the Avars, Slovenians win with many losses on their part... In the panoramic portrayal of the life in the Great Moravia in the 9th century when Christianity started to spread here, there are also characters who are a product of the author´s fiction, authentic personalities, Great Moravian noblemen Pribina, Mojmír, Rastislav as well as the future ruler Svätopluk. There is a shift of the plot from the region around Nitra and the Moravian-Slovak borders to the Adriatic Sea and the Court of the French ruler. The first, completed part of the intended trilogy in terms of the plot – the manuscript of the second instalment with a torso of the third one was destroyed during the war – draws on the remaining parts of the decade since its inception. In this manner, the prolific, Catholically-minded prose writer, dramatist, author of juvenile fiction, later on deprived of the possibility to publish, rekindles the awareness of readers.

 

Marián Šidlík: At the Mercy or Not

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2014Marián Šidlík: At the Mercy or Not

The poetry cycle "At the Mercy or Not" originated in 1982-1986. Changing images and an emphasis on the stream of consciousness impose high requirements on the reader. Many paraphrases and references as well as ancient, Indian or Christian symbols rely on his/her intellectual knowledge without which their interpretation would not be possible. The focus on introspection and self-reflection draws on the Montaignean tradition, and the efforts to understand the self and the human existence. The extent to which the author succeeded in managing the risk of an unsuitable entropy is to be judged by the reader.

 

Grigorij Starodubcev: The Proto-earth

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2014Grigorij Starodubcev: The Proto-earth

The poems transcend privacy and the public images are many a time accompanied by a Kafkaesque motif of an unidentifiable pressure. Seeing other aspects of reality takes on a psychedelic dimension where a mistake or a small deviation from the normal is fair enough for the collapse of the world and this moment is topped up by a period context of suspicion. The works of this author brim with a cultivated expression and sense of abbreviation, which forces us to re-evaluatethe substitution of sudden interconnections for the internal ones with hindsight.

 

Ivan Klohna: You can only stay like this

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2014Ivan Klohna: You can only stay like this

Seldom does a poet succeed in burying his head in the clouds yet staying firmly on the ground with his feet. Klohn's poetry, apparently under the influence of the Beat generation with strong existentialist undercurrents, is hovering in its own myths both cautiously as well as soberly. Many a time with irony which enables one to cope with suffering more like a defensive reaction than a cynical attitude. Signs of resignations in the context testify to a struggle. Fortunately, the author does not pose himself as a servant to his work or penitent to the spirit nor compels one to take another positive thinking course. He depicts the snapshots in a sensitive and candid manner, refraining from sentiment, affectation or flirting with fashion experiments. The author also relies on a holistic approach of oriental philosophies; already stoics connected cosmology with ethics. Transcending things despite the devotees of the Enlightenment who poked fun at poetry-making as if a new-born baby did not fit in this world, is an urgent part of mental experience.

 

Braňo Hochel: ThE ABBA or Dad is a tattoth!

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2013Braňo Hochel: ThE ABBA or Dad is a tattoth!

The author with a sense of experiment draws on everyday situations which he many a time poses as a play with the reader. The problems are a result of bureaucratic obstacles, overcome by backstage acts as well as phenomena of deep psychology, as presented by the short story Balcony. This may be perceived as not only an allusion to a Borgesian symbol of the sole author. In all these works of fiction the contradictions become disentangled, fused and knotty perhaps more in the comic than tragic way: in the street, in the flat or in the military environment or Academia. This is materialized by means of references to the by-gone times of socialism, being continued in the intentions of well-known movies or works of fiction where pitiable little characters, self-illuminating irony or a little bit of literature about literature are not missing. Even though the narrator is not a neutral one, but in varied forms does not pull any punches, the overall impression of these works of fiction remains cultivated. Even if he passes a judgement, the willingness to cope with the shortcomings of the other person is palpable.

 

Pavol Hudák: Rope in the House of a Hanged Man

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2013Pavol Hudák: Rope in the House of a Hanged Man

Poetry of Hudák is about seeing the crazy music, about restless, torturing nights, desperate night phone calls with an unknown voice, about searching for water in times of greatest thirst as well as about boozing, so that nothingness as a first-hand experience could get a man out of lethargy, so that it would be somehow possible to experience the happiness. Poet as an observer turns everything upside down, and even if he paralyzes the readerʼs expectations, he leads him to catharsis just like Kahloʼs paintings, in which the modifications of particularly pessimistic backgrounds show the innocence of likeliness, inability of having a sovereign control of own inside – and in this way the poetry par excellence is created.

 

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