Tender Fictions, Exemplary Choices

Circling the Story in ‘Martyrs’ by Želimir Periš

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This paper deals with the reconceptualization of martyrdom in Želimir Periš’ short story collection Martyrs (2013). A close reading demonstrates a link between these texts and some hagiographic features, such as celibacy, asceticism, and visions. Special attention is given to the aspect of exemplarity, which is emphasized as a result of diverse repetitions. Also, the implications of the cyclical structure of this collection are examined. In conclusion, the analysis of the role of the story and story-telling indicates choice to be the shared motivation of these texts and the essence of martyrdom as it appears here.

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