Danubius International Conferences, 4th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Ancient Danube Lowland in the Postmodernism Mirror (on the basis of the K. Ransmayr novel “The Last World”)

Tatiana Shevchuk
Last modified: 2014-05-15


The article deals with the postmodern interpretation of the world known story of Ovid exile in Tomis (Constanţa), presented in the novel of contemporary Austrian writer Christoph Ransmayr "The Last World" (1988). Based on the descriptions of ancient Danube Lowland, composed by Ovid, the author invites the reader to the surreal world. Phantasmagoric basis of the fiction involves mixing times (past, present and future), the introduction to the subject outline the mythological characters from "Metamorphoses" by Ovid. The writer makes an attempt to understand the myth through profound layers of aesthetic, cultural and geopolitical metamorphosis of the twentieth century, the problem of relations between East and West, the establishment of totalitarian regimes, etc. A large panorama of life and culture sketches of ancient Lower Danube inhabitants gives an idea of ​​the timeless nature of human values ​​and aspirations.