Non-Home motif in Sergei Zhadan's novel "Boarding House"

Keywords: topos, Lost Home, non-Home, motif of the road, non-place.


The article analyzes the image of the Lost Home in novel «Internat» by Serhii Zhadan. It is emphasized that Home is one of the dominant images in the writerʼs creative work, which is realized on various text levels. Chains of symbols are concentrated around it, and well-composed ranks of associations line up around it.

The article draws attention to the fact that the motif of homelessness characteristics of S. Zhadan’s creativity is interpreted as a painful but extremely necessary stage in the formation of heroes. Attention is drawn to the fact that the author uses the traditional motif of the road, appealing to the topic of farewell to his home and the possible (non) returning (to) the Home. Serhii Zhadan focuses on the problem of irrationality and “disorientation on the ground”, a double trauma to the totalitarian past and militaristic today. The important aspect in this case is the shaping of new vision of mental home in the societyʼs consciousness which is still in the permanent process of rebuilding its national identity and cultural memory.

Home acts as a spatial metaphor for family memory. Interpreting the Home as a philosophical and ontological constant, the author addresses the problem of internal homelessness, existential orphanhood and conscious spiritual separation from the native land.

It is indicated that the traumatic events in the novel are referred through the topos of the non-Home. In this context, it is important to analyze such loci in the novel as a boarding school, a train station, a motel, a checkpoint, and so on.

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How to Cite
Fedoriv, U. (2019). Non-Home motif in Sergei Zhadan’s novel "Boarding House". Studia Methodologica, 49, 33-48.