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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 107 | volume  | May 2016



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 107May 2016

Reading the Light

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Nataša Avramovska


Reading the Light

    (Isaac Rosa, The Dark Room. Magor, Skopje, 2015)
     Welcome, welcome
     May misfortune dress
    As it befits the light

    Daniel Dragojevich
     Translated from Macedonian: Milan Damjanovski
    After reading the novel The Dark Room by Isaac Rosa, the verse composed by the Croatian poet Daniel Dragojevich seem to best serve as a subtle introduction to the obliqueness of Rosa’s literary style. Thus, I would like to commence the story from this very point, his style of writing and the manner in which Rosa leads us into the absolute darkness of the room and its significance. I would like to start by pointing out the fact that in the first fifty pages of the novel none of the characters appear, only the narrating “we” is heard addressing a no particular “you”. You – opposite us, you- one of us.You – just another among the many unrecognisable faces in the darkness. The narrating “we” is in rush at all to gives us any answers, quite the contrary. The novel opens up with the following invitation: „Don’t stand there. Come in already, we are all gathered here. Behind the curtain, the door is open, all you need to do is to push it, while you feel the weight of the fabric on your back as it falls down leaving behind the semi-darkness of the hallway. The door closes by itself, and when you make a few steps you can feel the darkness hardening on your face, heavy set, yet no, this is just the second curtain hanging from a semicircular bar so as not to obstruct the passage through the door (…) It’s a passageway, placed there to open the way for you: you can go through it only sideways, like entering a temple. When you are inside, you can only orient yourself with the help of the closest wall: you lean with your hand on the feathery surface. Consequently, you can continue moving along the edges of the room, constantly hanging to the wall; or you can make a few steps toward the center of the room.”  
    This invitation, at the very beginning of the novel, is in fact addressed to the reader. What is the first thing happening at the onset of the novel is a rite of initiation of the reader into the world of darkness. The experience of reading the first pages of the novel is like

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