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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 70 | volume XIII | January-February, 2010



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 70January-February, 2010

Towards “The Geography of Smallness” by Aco Gogov

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Trajče Bjadov

The book of short prose “The Geography of Smallness” by Aco Gogov, provisionally made of four parts (“Before-Word”, “Words”, “Before-Image” and “Images”) which covers fourty shirt prose pieces in total, in four cycles “Words” and “Images”, seems, paradoxically, to touch upon an epic theme which has been developed in another work, “Towards the Other Country” by Mitko Madžunkov – the otherness (self-knowledge via/by the eyes of the other / reader / the second self). The titles itself implies several questions such as: “who am I?”, “where is my space?”, “how can I describe it and write it down?”, and what is more important “how do I name it?”. Actually, as Madžunkov, Gogov thematises the otherness (the opposition “self” – “other” via the area/body of language), but he starts from the place when the main character in “Towards the Other Country”, Kiril, tells his son that he would write a book “not of words, but of what they were made of”, and he develops his “story”, asking what Kiril means by that: How can one write a book without words? What is specific about this book is that it first conquered the Internet space, in its unrefined shape, and then the paper! Reading “The Geography of Smallness” is indeed a literary competence in Culler's sense, where to interpret the book means to tell a story about the reading.
    In his book of short prose Gogov does not say that he knows the answer to these questions, nor that he enters a direct dialogue with the given book, but all words and images in his description of smallness are one of the possible answers to the questions: “What was there before the word?”, i.e. “What is the word made of?” and finally “What made the word occur?”. The answer is maybe insignificant and arbitrary, and it does not only consist of the relations of the words with the images (and vice versa); maybe the search itself is the answer, the game itself is more important than the answer, because Gogov knows that it is not only an ontological question on the creation of things, language, text (language and text as a body and deed), and therefore he avoids philosophizing (but he is not un-philosophical when, for example, at the end of “Before-Word” states: “Say I exist!”). Thus he at the same times occurs as a Creator, but also as a (Biblical) Reader

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