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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 105 | volume  | January, 2016



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 105January, 2016


Disentangling the Genealogical Knots

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Nenad Joldeski



Translated from Macedonian: Elizabeta Bakovska

A very unusual endeavor,
    A very unusual book. But who is the author?

    Dimitrie Duracovski „Insomnia“

    “Insomnia” first of all confronts us with its unusual format (22 cm X 22 cm), but in general with its specific typographic and graphic design. This paratextual impulse at the very beginning hints an entry into a world without clearly set borders and without a stable basis in general. Therefore, “Insomnia” is something in between – first of all when it comes to genre. However, between what is really “Insomnia”?
    Written during a temporally undefined insomnia, starting on 15 February 1999 and ending on 15 February 2000, the book is an annual collage of impressions, dreams, correspondence, e-mails, comics, sketches , “compiled banalities and ephemeralities and trivialities, a pile of written paper, residues of past days, pages of futile memories…” “Insomnia” is a true image of the author’s state of mind, a look on oneself, the world, home and fireplace.
    But these are no memoires – the author is in the middle of this writing, rather than withdrawn at the margins in order to objectively recapitulate his life.
    “Insomnia” is an annual summary too short to be an autobiography.
    “Insomnia” is just the type of diary as the quoted Blanchot describes in the book itself: “…far from all those romantic pleasures. Diary is not a genuine confession, a story about itself. It is a Memorial… the truth of Diary is not in the interesting literary notes that are found in it, but in the insignificant trivialities that relate it to the everyday reality. Diary – that, obviously, quite lonely book – is most often written out of fear and loneliness pain…” (Insomnia, 2001)
    Autobiography, or in this case Duracovski’s autobiographically inspired diary is a typical referential writing, while blurring of the border between the fictional and the real, in the case of autobiography, is a typical example of autofictionality, which is one of the main features of this book. Fictionalization of the diary discourse is what maybe makes Insomnia a novel. The dual modality: the referential one and the fictional one intertwine in the book, verifying the author both as a narrator and a character. Therefore, “Insomnia” is something of an outlaw biography, with a transgressive power that goes beyond genre. It is a twist and action against the rules of the genre, it subverses the novel and betrays the diary, but also the

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