In my paper, I examine the novel A dögeltakarító (“The Scavenger”) by the Yugoslavian-born Hungarian writer Zoltán Danyi, published in 2015. The protagonist of the novel is an anonymous man from Vojvodina who participated in the Yugoslav Wars, and whose story can be interpreted as the representation of the war trauma and the identity crisis resulting from belonging to a minority. However, the main aim of my study is not to argue in favour of the protagonist’s madness or to prove his mental illness, but rather to analyse the poetic devices that make him seen by the reader as a “disturbed mind”. As a result, my paper is not interested in identifying the set of symptoms of a disease defined by psychiatry, but rather in the description of those narrative, poetic and motivic features related to intertextuality and transmediality which can somehow result in the interpretation of the main character as a pathological case.
In my paper I investigate the general memory, identity and spatial theoretical aspects of the written and post-regime-published reminiscences of alumni graduated from the High School of the Reformed Church in Debrecen (Debreceni Református Kollégium Gimnáziuma) and from the Benedictine Secondary School of Pannonhalma (Pannonhalmi Bencés Gimnázium) in the 1950’s and the 1960’s. Considering the theoretical and methodological approaches of oral history I examined the potential factors which can determine the reminiscences, then I analysed the schools as narrative constructions and their role in the community’s identity. The narrative of those whose families have been declassed can be considered dominant in the discussed texts and volumes: these alumni characterize their former secondary school as a ’shelter’ or an ’island’ which embraced them and which was able to defend them against the offence and oppression of the Socialist-Communist regime. Nevertheless, boarding schools – as crisis heterotopias (Michel Foucault) – can easily be interpreted as the institutions of discipline, seclusion and punishment, similarly to prisons.