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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 58 | volume XI | January-February, 2008



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 58January-February, 2008

The Novel as a Philosophy of Remembering

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Elizabeta Šeleva

The remembering, the memorizing only seems to be a simple, one-way directed or a straightforward category. Remembering is a phenomena connected to the basic concept of existence, because the way (as well as the form) of someone's remembrance is deeply connected to the individual profile of a person. The memory is not only or exceptionally led down to the empiric material, contained in the biography as a subordinated plot. We remember how we live or how we chose to interpret our living, our experience. The memory can also be active – to be built as a design, anticipatively – not only mechanically archiving (in a form of events, persons, adventures) in the “file” of someone's memory.
    Who do we remember? Ourselves, others? What do we remember? Events, words, objects, areas? How do we remember? Totally or partially, authentically or imaginatively? How much do we remember? Only the necessary, or series of details which transform the memory into entropy? In a vortex, which consumes us deeper and deeper to its invincible spiral?
    “To remember – means to reconstruct – like in narrating – not to present a precise description of a certain event” – says Phil Mollon (2001:10) in the concise study dedicated to Freud and his discovery of the syndrome of “false memories”.
    The memory stands in a close connection to the identity and the existence of human beings and their surrounding. “One subject depends on the affirmative view of the other” – says the philosopher Eduard Hirsch. According to the philosopher of religion Christos Yanaras “We recognize the beings while they really exist, that is if they arise from oblivion to unforgettableness, in the appearance of the phenomena.” (1997:55).
    Remembering is one of the constitutive differential characteristics between humans and animals: only with the help of memorizing and predicting, as pointed out by the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, in the human, as opposite of the animal, happens a stratifying of joy and sufferings, which are the condenser of the reflection. The memory is a dreg on one side, and a source of reflection on the other (thus, of happiness and sorrow which come as its result).
    In the necrologies, as a canonized genre of remembering and the announcement of someone's death, very often we shall meet the phrase: “we couldn't keep you away from death, but we shall save you from being forgotten”, or “ the memory and the love for you will last forever,

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