Groteska w rytmie walca, czyli „Veliki briljantni valček” Drago Jančara
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Drago Jančar wrote his play in 1985 shortly before the political transformations which led to Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia. The Great Brilliant Waltz is a captivating drama about the impact a totalitarian regime makes on people’s lives. The central theme of the play is the conflict between individuals and a repressive institution. The psychiatric hospital depicted in it becomes a metaphor for life in a totalitarian state whose authorities exert complete control over the citizens’ minds. The author created three main characters with three different personalities: Simon Veber, Volodja and the Doctor. The most important one is Simon Veber – a historian who becomes one of the victims of the totalitarian system. Drago Janĉar asks questions such as: Why do free individuals loose their freedom? Why do intelligent people submit to the authority of someone who wants to destroy their lives and minds – their entire world? He leaves these questions unanswered. He simply shows how it is possible for totalitarianism to grow in strength.