“Skafandr va kapalak” by Jan Dominik Bobi
We tend to be cautious when it comes to Western culture, art, and literature. We go through brand-new books in the anticipation of finding something that will challenge our worldview, mindset, and educational background. We believe that a person is still a person in both the West and the East and that there are similar features that bring him to one point, but the French playwright Jean-Dominique Boby’s “The Suit and the Butterfly” pushes us to reach a completely opposite conclusion. To achieve this, it is vital to escape the forms trap and pursue the essence of mankind. Because it first goes to immense suffering and subsequently to the same hope, “The Spacesuit and the Butterfly” draws attention. As we can see from the play’s opening lines, the 44-year-old playwright, who is vivacious and successful in both life and profession, unexpectedly suffered a stroke and was rendered bedridden. Despite having only one eye and a healthy brain, he persevered in the face of this sad test of fate. The fact that he is adamant about fighting for his life and uses his eyes to communicate with others while receiving speech therapy makes our bodies shiver.