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Miejsca bezpieczne: Kafka, Walser, Schulz
Safe Places: Kafka, Walser, Schulz

Author(s): Marek Wilczyński
Subject(s): Comparative Study of Literature, Austrian Literature, German Literature, Polish Literature, Cultural Essay, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Fundacja Terytoria Książki
Keywords: Bruno Schulz;Franz Kafka;Robert Walser;Comparatism;

Summary/Abstract: The paper begins with a reference to Franz Kafka’s unfinished long short story “The Burrow,” which has been chosen as a starting point of a series of intertextual associations focusing on futile efforts made by various modernist literary narrators and characters to find a sense of safety in some specific settings. The route from “The Burrow” runs through selected short stories by Robert Walser toward late fiction by Bruno Schulz, in particular “The Republic of Dreams” and “The Homeland,” revealing affinities connecting the Polish writer from Drogobych with two writers of the German language, who shared his fears and obsessions.

  • Issue Year: 11/2018
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 55-63
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English, Polish