Irony in the Prose of Faik Konica

Elvira Lumi, Lediona Lumi


Irony in literature is a figure of speech( trope) from Greek language “erioneia” and means hidden mockery, pretension. It involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs. The trope is used intentionally to mean the opposite. Faik Konica is one of the Albanian writers who used irony wittily and skillfully. For Konica the artistic prose offers an aesthetic taste which is related to a new way of thinking and calls for perfection of style and language. The author uses irony with the aim of putting emphasis on the word and the situation. He had his humor inspired not by his personal discontent but by the national ideal, by the humanity and emancipation of the individual. His style is a mixture of elements of satire and light melody of the lyric , but only as part of irony against the mediocrity and absurdity of Albanian society. In his work Konica confronts two contrary cultures : the Western European culture to which he belonged with the grotesque backwardness of his people , with caricature characters sunk into ignorance and into the oriental mire of moral, economic and cultural vegetation. These are the problems that the author ironies , which make the object of our work.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n2s5p134

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