Yurchak H. The Existence Modus in the Novel «Chad» («Fumes») by Yuri Kosach: the Problem of Life and Death





Keywords: existentialism, death, existence, suicide, emigration, borderline situation.


There has been analysed the literary originality of philosophical reflection «Chad» («Fumes»). It is proved that in the context of different influences and philosophical orientations, the prose writer managed to asset his own identity. Creative and philosophical thinking of Yu. Kosach has been studied in the context of the European and national existentialism. The thesis author has interpreted the suicidal motives stated in the novel of «Chad» («Fumes») on the ground of psychoanalysis. She presents the problems and difficulties of an emigrant and gives two different existential views. There is a focus on the originality of the novel and presentation of the vital problems of the 20th century that brightly reflect the era of existential emptiness among the Ukrainian emigration. In the novel of «Chad» («Fumes»), two different existentialisms, religious and atheistic ones, come across. The collision of these views creates a dialogical concept with the essence that a person himself can take the only right decision and make his own choice. In privacy of one’s own mind, being deprived of the idea of God, the person becomes lonely. Thus, he realizes the absurdity of existence, undergoes the transcendence, and finds out the death as the only solution. The atheistic existentialism is represented by hero Sokil, who chose the suicide as a way out of the personal crisis. The religious existentialism is embodied in Apostol, who served faithfully and did not conceive the human existence without God.



How to Cite

Halyna Yurchak. (2020). Yurchak H. The Existence Modus in the Novel «Chad» («Fumes») by Yuri Kosach: the Problem of Life and Death. Philological Treatises, 11(3-4), 132–139. https://doi.org/10.21272/Ftrk.2019.11(3-4)-14