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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 36 | volume VII | May-June, 2004



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 36May-June, 2004

Model of Communication Transmission in the Narrative Situation

“Towards the Other Land” by Mitko Madžunkov

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Trajče Bjadov

    At the beginning of the analysis of the novel Towards the Other Land (1993) by Mitko Madžunkov (1943), we will briefly discuss the communication transmission in the narrative situation. In this respect, we are tempted to indicate a building procedure in the narration according to the “question-answer” principle. When we explain, we will quote appropriate examples from the novel (we especially stress the example number 7). Still, one can not speak of a “pure” situation where the addressee “orders” or “extracts” the story via some “trick questions”, from, for example, the narrator who is in a “bad mood”. This novel can, obviously, be considered a materialization of a promise of the main character (Kiril Vodočki) given to his younger son (Kamedonski) that he would write him a book. Although with some delay in time, but at the same time with an absence of the address in the diegenic universe, one can assume that this “dialogue” nevertheless takes place. In this sense, the initial communication situation is “unprovoked” (nothing indicates as of why the narrative act starts right now; it can only indirectly be sensed). Taking this into consideration, we can take the first sentence that the novel starts with, the one that belongs to the chapter LAKE:
    “One day, the lake shall disappear”. p. 5; (1)
    This is a sentence that bears the weight of an eternal truth. It is an undisputable truth that one day everything shall indeed disappear, and the Lake will also. The narrator here directly starts his narration with what will be the theme and idea, and the symbol of this novel – the Lake. Even more, this sentence is written in future tense, which is not a frequent beginning, taking into consideration the experience. Having in mind that the narration can take place linearly or non-linearly, according to the time determinants, although the first tense used here is the future, the position of the narrator towards whаt he narrates about is the current ‘moment”. He is here and now and observes the Lake:
    “Both the Mountain and the Lake calmly wave in the eyes of Kiril as in a mirror; they are so real that he simply gets goose pimples from the feeling that there are here” p. 5; (2)
    In this way, we are actually made to assume that Kiril is the narrator in this novel. We are made to think this by the fact that the Lake

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