"Da Vinci code"
A trial step-stone of belonging to...
Glasnik Etnografskog instituta SANU
The second half of the 20th century, especially the last thirty or so years witnessed an increase in interest related to subjects dealing with the roots of Christianity, which came about as a consequence of the general identity crisis of the contemporary world. Dan Brown’s novel "Da Vinci Code" published in the USA in 2003, and in 2004 in Serbia, has achieved worldly success in sales has become very popular literature among other works that deal with central characters or norms based on Christian thought. In Serbia and Monte Negro, as well as in other Christian countries, "Da Vinci Code" is the best seller for 2005. This great popularity of the novel tells us that the readership worldwide Christina civilization, including in Serbia, has recognized certain questions relevant to their own respectable lives and identities. Among the Serbian readership, it is not so much the question of the basic norms of the general Christian civilization, but in effect, much more - the reality of living in transition. Dan Brown’s "Da Vinci Code" has thus became, a true trial-step-stone of identification, pointing out that the images of our everyday reality are not after all only those of the past and isolation, perhaps them being not even the dominant any more. At the same time, the novel shows how a text could be interpreted in many various ways becoming so a foundation for opposed identifications.
popular culture, Christianity, Da Vinci code, Dan Brown