The interworlds, nooks and expanses of the subconscious mind. The oneiric prose of Damir Miloš — Nabuchodonozor and Otok snova (The Island of Dreams)
The poetics of Miloš’ prose is characterized by the abundance of blurred and hazy images suspended between wakefulness and sleep. The location of the stories remains undetermined, while the prose is permeated with the recollections of the narrative subject, his erotic phantasms rooted in the subconscious, the hypnagogic imagery, polyphony, the multiplicity of voices and transitions between sexes (woman/man). The main themes of both novels include: death and the transitory nature of life, self-destruction of the individual in the postmodern world shattered by the Balkan War, the condition of the individual portrayed as adreamer restraining his neurosis, as well as the concepts of utopia, power and the manipulation of the individual. Seeking refuge from the world, the characters of Nabuchodonozor and The Island of Dreams sink in their dream visions, striving to grasp the mystery of their existence and to provide answers to their questions. The struggle consecutive thresholds of consciousness — the process for which C.G. Jung coined the name of individuation to mean mental metamorphosis and gradual rebirth.