Collegium litterarum 18.
At the End of the World, a short story from the year 1915 by Friedebert Tuglas, is in a sense and epitome of the struggle for modernist ideals undergone by Estonian literature in the forst devcades of the 20th century. Inspired initially by the motif of searching for the end of the world from the Estonian epic Kalev's Son, the short story combines the Neoromantic pursuit of immediate sensation with symbolistically charged diction. In fact, the mythic trip to the edge of the world has been cast in the form of humankind's irresistible but hopeless longing for the virginal language of nature, evoking a range of parallels from contemporary as well as earlier history.
The present book comprises the Tuglas short story together with nine essays analyzing both the story and the problem of language from various national, cultural and stylistic viewpoints. The articles are based on the conference Eros and Language: The Rhetorical Patterns of Translatability and Understanding, held by UTLC and Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2002.