Can we imagine a world without paradoxes? We would then refer to a truly non-human world, incomparably worse than Polish People's Republic, in which everything can be explained with the Marx-Lenin dialectics. Polish reality after the year 1945 with an implanted political-economic system and quasi-scientific world view is reflected in an exceptionally crooked mirror - Slawomir Mrozek's short stories. The world presented in his prose is not however limited to a mere confrontation with the totalitarianism. Mrozek's protagonists and narrators meet with human reality devoid of masks and become still in the face of cognitive possibilities opening for them, or discover that behind the mask and corpse paralyzing reason and will is emptiness which cannot be filled up. The author of the article tries to give an insight into the space of Mrozek's short stories to discern the endless struggle of an individual with the metaphysics of everyday life.