"Metro 2033" or on a post-apocalyptic maze space Cover Image

"Metro 2033", czyli postapokaliptyczna przestrzeń labiryntu
"Metro 2033" or on a post-apocalyptic maze space

Author(s): Andrzej Polak
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: maze, myth, underground, Glukhovsky, apocalyptic

Summary/Abstract: The very article is devoted to the cultural post-apocalyptic novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky entitled Metro 2033. Its action takes place in a specific space, a Moscow underground that after an atomic conflict became the place of residence of several dozen thousand people. The author of the article starts from characterizing the relationships to be observed in the underground community that managed to divide itself into a series of hostile organizations and groups during the last twenty years that had passed since catastrophe. Much of the onus fell on the migration of the main character through the maze of dark tunnels and corridors creating a unique atmosphere and landscape. Their complicated structure allows for perceiving the very space as a large maze of, passing through which is a par t of a task ascribed to Artiom. As the analysis conducted shows the main character is traveler entangled in the maze space (the maze of an underground, city, library, a spiritual maze) in many ways, which explains why Glukhovsky’s work has been called a novel based on the myth of the maze.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 125-142
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish