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Variazioni sull'apocalisse

Un percorso nella cultura occidentale dal Novecento ai giorni nostri


Edited By Alessandro Baldacci, Anna Małgorzata Brysiak and Tomasz Skocki

L’apocalisse, nelle sue innumerevoli forme e interpretazioni, costituisce uno dei temi cardine della cultura e dell’immaginario collettivo dell’ultimo secolo, in cui ritorna costantemente l’idea della fine e del «dopo la fine». Il volume si propone di indagare, in ottica comparata e interdisciplinare, le più diverse narrazioni e rappresentazioni apocalittiche del XX e XXI secolo, spaziando dalla letteratura al cinema, dall’arte alla filosofia, fino alle serie televisive contemporanee.

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Abitare l’apocalisse: la narrazione dell’universo concentrazionario Tadeusz Borowski (Giovanna Tomassucci)


Giovanna Tomassucci

Abitare l’apocalisse: la narrazione dell’universo concentrazionario di Tadeusz Borowski

Auschwitz is something else, always something else. It is a universe outside the universe, a creation that exists parallel to creation. Auschwitz lies on the other side of life and on the other side of death. There, one lives differently, one walks differently, one dreams differently. Auschwitz represents the negation and failure of human progress; it negates the human design and casts doubts on its validity.

Eli Wiesel1

Abstract: This paper, which contains some translations of Tadeusz Borowski’s poems and articles still unpublished in Italy, compares his early stories (from the collections Auschwitz Our Home and Farewell to Maria) with some aspects of the dystopian imagery of the first half of the 20th century. Borowski’s concentration camp prose move far away from the tones of his early poetry, written in occupied Warsaw, in which references to Messianism and the Apocalypse resonate. In order to better convey the complex and unacceptable truth about the camps, Borowski aims to narrate Auschwitz not so much from a strictly autobiographical, as from a social and historical perspective. Nazi death-camp system belongs to an epochal project, based on the exploitation of millions of slaves, and aims to expand everywhere. In some tales Borowski approaches also a nonfiction dimension, highlighting Auschwitz’s most homologating aspects: it fuses past and future, ancient slavery and modern Fordian society. Borowski does not aim so much at a testimonial narrative – reconstructing the...

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