The following text's centre of interest is the collection of short stories by Radoslav Petkovic called 'Izvestaj o kugi'. The short stories contained in the above mentioned volume serve as an illustration of a thesis according to which Petkovic may be regarded as a direct continuator of Borislav Pekic's poetics as well as the heir of literary strategies of Danilo Kis. All the writers mentioned are bound by series of similarities found within the formal aspect of their short stories as well as in their ideological significance. The paper points out some new concurrences, being however mostly focused on the issue of demonic character of art. For it is this topic that becomes the principal motif of both Petkovic and Pekic. The artist's genius of both the prose writers may be seen in the complete identification of a person with his creation. The creative energy however, as if taking revenge on the artists' mastery, causes most often his annihilation on 'artistic' as well as at times on physical level.
S. Giergel, Uniwersytet Opolski, pl. Kopernika 11, 45-040 Opole, Poland
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