Existentialism in the Selected Creative Works of Adam Reta

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Addis Ababa University


Adam Reta, who has been writing for the last quarter of the century, has published a novel and three collections of short stories and novellas. Nevertheless, the critical attention given to his works was very insignificant. The author’s relationship with existentialism, however, is much stronger and conspicuous. Thus, the study aims at discussing the tenets of existentialism found in the creative works of Adam Reta, which eventually gear up to elucidate his overall existentialist philosophical thinking as the term existentialism applies to a bunch of philosophers, whose philosophical views reveal their differences rather than their similarities. To this end, the philosophy of existentialism and its concepts are employed to analyze the selected works of the author; his novel, Giracha Kachiloch, and six other narratives from his anthologies. The researcher has also employed descriptive and textual criticisms as methods. From the analyses and interpretations made, the writer of this study found out that the characteristic tenets of existentialism are shared by Adam Reta; but with his own differences in relation to the philosophy of the proponents of existentialism. Absurdity, alienation, freedom of choice and responsibility, authenticity and inauthenticity, death and repetition are among the major ones. Thus, Adam Reta is found to be a literary existentialist, who achieves in turning his philosophical ideas into symbols and myths, which greatly add up to the aesthetic value of his works.



Works of Adam Reta