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Maja Cvijetić

In the autumn of 2007 Maja Cvijetić's book Pekić’s Orwell
was published by Atanasije Stojković Fund and Plato Publishing House.

The book was published in Orpheus Edition which investigates the traces of modernism and postmodernism in literature, as well as the symbols and metaphors of our age. Crossed reading of George Orwell and Borislav Pekić helped the author of the book in the quest for the answers to the challenges of information age, technology and political control of our time.

Intertextual relations and detailed comparison of texts that belong to antiutopian tradition enabled the author to stress negative aspects of ideas of imaginary harmony as well as of any ideology that implies sacrifice of genuine humanity. People’s yearning for Paradise is more prominent today than it has been ever before, since we live in the world quite similar to antiutopian nightmare.

Nihilism, contradiction and destructive impulse of a modern world inevitably lead to antiutopia which combines fantasy with reality and expresses fear, loneliness and guilt of a modern man.

The process of decanonization of narrative matrices contributes to the creation of an authentic literary space where the texts have been changed and re-read in new semantic context. Thus, Pekic’s Orwell can be interpreted in more different ways.

Publishing in Serbia oscillates between the demands of market and culture. The choice of this book shows that literature can maintain its true meaning even if it mirrors tendencies of development of a modern world as long as it keeps aesthetic contact with established symbols over the period of time. Therefore literature becomes imaginary museum, the Tower of Babel of quotations, the play with familiar elements that gain their creative power in the process of contemporary reception.


“Is android civilization logical conclusion
of military society which uses scientific
progress for total control of entire life,
or the return to spiritual values is still possible?”
These are only some of the questions
this book raises in the attempt to
rethink apparently set values.