Egon Bondy EPISODE Ď96 (excerpts)

Agony. Episode í96, PT Publishing House, Bratislava 1997

It used to be a town of four nations, and three of them are gone now. They were replaced by newcomers, coming from places both near and far, yet newcomers who still are rooted elsewhere and who do not consider my town to be their own; it often seems to me, that the town hasnít given them the warmest of welcomes, it hasnít accepted them, they were only given shelter in homes constructed all too hastily, in concrete high-rises, not at all cosy and to many even scary and big. (Ö)

And yet, when I look at these parts of my town, I clearly feel the unique spirit emanating from the soil and enchanting my town. I donít know whether the town will heed the call or not, whether the spirit will recreate it, whether it will let itself be shaped, whether the spirit will bring about some specific change for people living here today and tomorrow and help to create new and original inhabitants. It would be interesting, and in no way unreal. People, though unaware, are greatly guided by the spirit, for it came here to stay, and I think itís influence can be both felt and suspected. (Ö)

If I were a geologist, Iíd insist that deep in the earth on this location thereís a disturbance; if I were an ethnographer, Iíd speak of the diminishing scent of the relics that an ancient community of four ethnic groups left behind. If I were a historian, Iíd point out that this is the only capital in the world, borders of which are at the same time borders of three states, or, on the other hand, that this town was always marginal, a stop between other truly large and grandiose towns. Iím neither of them and my profession of a philosopher is so remote from all this. I can only be a small child discovering things, that are so trivial for grown-ups, that they donít even take notice of them.