I'm Tukot

10.12.1998 08:41
Short annotation

The novel I'm Tukot takes place in the early nineties in a single night but the story extends to previous forty years.

Journalist Tukot is awakened by mysterious night bell, but he is too afraid to try to identify who wants to get to his apartment. 

He makes up various ideas about the mysterious figure and finally he convinces himself that the ringing person is poet named Halali. At this point Tukot starts his monologue. Tukot makes conversation with the sound of the bell which represents alleged poet Halali for him. Sometimes Tukot even imitates the dialogue giving poet's responses as well. In fact he polemizes not with the poet, but with himself. At the same time it is an inner confession of his failures as well as the failures of his colleagues.

His monologue represents the criticism of the previous regime and it is also the presentation of several characters that served the system or fought against it.

The highlight of his monologue/dialogue consists in the explanation of Tukot´s relation to emerging new dictator Taraba.

The novel echoes the question whether the new Taraba´s power is the correct solution for a new society, or it is only some personalization of the new desire for absolute power.

Tukot is answering the question by himself. After a hard night full of remorse and self-advocacy he goes to the editor´s office intending to bring positive comments on the new despot Taraba. Meanwhile, the radio is informing of the sudden death of poet Halali.

The novel I'm Tukot is the analysis of the former critic of mastership who is losing his energy to struggle with new power and thinking about the possibility to add it. At least for a while.