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Mary’s Frankenstein; Less and More than Human

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Less than Human, More than Human

Mary Shelley had four children and buried three as infants. Her last son Percy survived her and died of old age. But Frankenstein, her ultimate creation, has lived on. Her literary science fictional monster child became a myth, an aspiration, an ambition and even somewhat a reality in the past 200 years.

Mary Shelley’s “less than human being” became a superhuman cultural talisman, a fictional monster of godlike immortality. It would probably shock and appal her to find her shocking and appalling invention so native and normalized in our epoch, and I doubt that her fame as a horror writer would appease and content her as a thinker, author, as a woman and a loving bereaving mother.

Not every corpse struck by a lightning becomes a Frankenstein, but a writer’s intuitive talent can become her shambling heritage whether she wants it, or knows it…

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Zašto radikalna desnica ima najveće uporište u bivšem DDR-u

To sad već postaje pravilo. U svim zemljama bivšeg istočnog bloka bilježimo sve primjetniji rast radikalne desnice, čije su aktualne političke ideje još prije dvadesetak godina bile nezamislive. Navedeno jednako vrijedi za Poljsku, Mađarsku, Ukrajinu, baltičke zemlje, kao i za prostor nekadašnje Istočne Njemačka, što su rezultati jučerašnjih izbora potvrdili. Sličan proces, nimalo slučajno bilježimo i u Hrvatskoj, iako Jugoslavija nije pripadala istočnom bloku.

Piše: Dragan Markovina

Takav razvoj stvari ima ishodište u tri međusobno povezana razloga. Prvi je taj da su ta društva provela gotovo pola stoljeća u jednopartijskom sistemu lijevog predznaka, zbog čega se kod dijela društva nesposobnog da razumije kompleksnost društvenih i političkih procesa i sklonih autoritarnim režimima, razvio refleksni nagon ka potpunoj opoziciji onome što je bilo prije.

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