MORAL INTEGRITY AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE OF THE WRITER’S CONDITION. THE CASE OF PAUL GOMA
The ethical status of the writer, of the artsman, is a topic that has given rise to countless debates in the world of writing. Can artsmen be faithful only to pure art, to the „autonomy of aesthetics”, or do they have to take into account the recourse to ethical truth—through writing? Only a few writers thought that ethics, moral integrity, mattered in their literary endeavour. „The ideology of literary purism” (Mircea Cărtărescu), of modernism origins, tended to isolate literature from life, from everyday life. Paul Goma might be the only contemporary Romanian writer who brought into the spotlight the ethical component, arguing that the writers’ duty is to put themselves at the service of the truth. Through hardships, Paul Goma din not survive due to culture, but due to the truth.
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