Poet of a non-poetic age: "philosophy of life" іn K. Moskalets’ novel "Evening honey"
The novel "Evening honey" by K. Moskalets uses an original approach to the depiction of an historical era. The author of the novel regards the lack of aesthetic taste and the domination of mass culture over elite culture as the key problems of the late 20 th – early 21 st century Ukraine. K. Moskalets uses the figure of the artist as the main symbol of the era; his internal state and social status help reveal the novelist’s philosophical and historical views. The main theme of the novel can be described as the "existence of a poet in a non-poetic age". The character images in the novels are multifunctional. First of all, they demonstrate the co-existence and the conflict of the "elite" culture (one that is timeless, realised in the human cultural heritage as well as in the artist’s desire for unfettered creativity aimed at aesthetic perfection and philosophical depth that will leave its trace in history) and the "mass" culture (defined exclusively by material priorities of the depicted age). Secondly, the character of the artist becomes the "crossroads" of aesthetic and philosophical tendencies of the late 20 th – early 21 st centuries. His aesthetic method has features of both modernism and postmodernism as well as folk Romanticism. All of this forms a complex worldview which is tragic, ironic, detached from the outer world, philosophical, hedonistic, intellectually sensitive, full of disenchantment and oriented towards the spiritual as well as the bodily existence. Using the aesthetic as the measure of values and social processes reveals the main features of the depicted era in which a person oriented toward the "elite" culture is redundant and often himself falls prey to the bodily and material values which dominate society.
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