UP TO THE LIMITS. OLGA TOKARCZUK AND WLADYSLAW STRZEMINSKI (Do granic. Olga Tokarczuk i Wladyslaw Strzeminski)
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In chapter 1 of Olga Tokarczuk's novel 'Bieguni', as well as in Wladyslaw Strzeminski's concept of unism in painting, the axis of considerations is a tension between what is singular, individual, and the totality of impersonal being. In his theory of unism, Strzeminski expressed a modernist experience that revolved around modern aspects of reality being built by man. His focus was reasonability of the modern world and its technological organisation as well as a determinable pure essence of individual artistic genres. For Tokarczuk, the life of post-modern man is spread between impersonality of objectified being and incessant journey through non-places (railway stations, airports, hotels) - a journey that somehow builds the existence but this existence is shredded in the manner the novel 'Bieguni' is itself fragmentary and non-continuous. Impersonal being is a threat, much in the manner the 'il-y-a' is for Lévinas; restless existence becomes, in turn, a rescue inasmuch as eternal elopement of man before the murmur of thickening stagnation. Regardless of the differences between the two authors in question, both have expressed the same conviction. Namely, if one is willing to touch something common, a form of being is reached for which is an undifferentiated, continual and impersonal being.
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