Author: Lyudmila Mindova
Institute of Balkan Studies with Center for Thracology – BAS
Published in: Slavyanski dialozi, XII, 2015, 16

Abstract: The text compares three literary works – the novella Notes from Underground (1864) by the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky and the novels The Physics of Sorrow (2011) by the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov and Lodgers (1995) by the Bosnian writer Nenad Veličković. The works show distinct similarities in their interpretations of sorrow and tears. The Bulgarian and the Bosnian novels appeared in the recent 20 years and they are representative models of the contemporary Balkan literatures. In the same time they are far removed from the remarkable novel of the Russian writer which is important not only for his own narrative techniques but for the world literary process, too.

Key words: Balkan and Slavic literatures, comparative literatures, cultural semiotics, culturology, anthropology