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Postromantyczne kartogramy. Epifanie peryferii w utworach Artura D. Liskowackiego, Andrzeja Niewiadomskiego i Andrzeja Stasiuka

Jerzy Borowczyk

Post-Romantic Cartograms. Epiphanies of Peripherality in Works of Artur D. Liskowacki, Andrzej Niewiadomski and Andrzej Stasiuk

In the prose Dukla by Andrzej Stasiuk, in the first part of the novel Eine kleine by Artur Daniel Liskowacki and three collections of poems (Kruszywo, Locja and Dzikie lilie) by Andrzej Niewiadomski verbal depictions of peripherality appear. I name them post- -Romantic cartograms, emphasizing in this way their authors’ intention to record interspatial epiphany, which takes place on various interfaces and between various levels and objects. This is both physical territory (Beskid town in case of Stasiuk, Liskowacki’s S – Szczecin/ Stettin and eastern and south-eastern province of Poland), as well as the areas arising between words and images used in poetry and prose. The point here is about a status of decentralized artist/wanderer escaping from the limits of uniform self and simultaneously existing on several planes. In this interpretation I use remarks of Charles Taylor, who in Sources of the Self investigated the Romantic epiphany of being in art of the second half of the 19th century and in the 20th century. I place the literary explorations of ambiguous peripherality in the vision of post-Romantic era and epiphany of modernism, at the same time indicating special features of every analyzed conception. It seems that peripheral characters in works of Liskowacki, Niewiadomski and Stasiuk show tendencies to grow dynamically and vanish as well. One may discern there allegories, as understood by Benjamin, who underlined tireless readiness of the „amorphous onenesses” to act as allegories which preserve „the image of beauty on the last day”.