The Psycho-philosophic Melancholy in Bohumil Hrabal's "Too Loud a Solitude": Constructive Literature, Destructive Culture

By Ali Khodamoradi and Seyed Abbas Pirzahiri.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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Hanta, the main character In “Too Loud a Solitude” suffers from both depression and melancholy—with very blurred borders between them—and cannot break free from the built-up bonds of melancholy he feels in terminating books as if they have feelings and blood within them. His unconscious melancholy instigated by subjectivity to language and how he is subject to think, dictates his behaviour. In addition, the society seems to reflect a process of “Complexification” as defined by Lyotard. Conflicts within and without create an invisible prison where the destiny of a man/the men is finally determined. He is, however, received and introduced as an intellectual who bereaves and mourns the unfair destruction of the books that he adores infinitely, which for thirty-five years he has destroyed in his pressing machine. His melancholy displays how he, as an informed person of history, literature, and philosophy, is engrossed in the traps of his own mind that take him lower in the abyss of self-destruction, leading to his death by suicide. Further, the kind of postmodern social culture is analysed, in the light of Lyotard’s definition of Postmodern, which seems responsible for men’s final death drive.

Keywords: Melancholic Depression, Subjectivity, The Speaking Being, Symbolic and Semiotic, Complexification, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Personality Disorder, Existentialism, Absurdity

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.15-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 752.567KB).

Ali Khodamoradi

Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Islamic Azad University of Parand, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Seyed Abbas Pirzahiri

Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Art and Humanities, Islamic Azad University of Parand, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)