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Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms

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Artur Placzkiewicz

Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms is an innovative and challenging work of literary scholarship that examines Białoszewski’s artistic praxis as a certain philosophical proposition. It differs from the earlier critical approaches to the writings of this writer in as much as it attempts to examine his mature poetry from a non-dualistic perspective. The study demonstrates in detail how Białoszewski’s radical approach to poetry evolves into a consistent life-writing and life-philosophy (life-writing-philosophy). The poet disregards binary oppositions and he approaches life and reality without any universal method. In the poet’s mature poetry, the context is identified as life and not as reality, and Białoszewski’s writing is described as his life project which is not searching but rather researching, since it has no pre-established goal to reach except for being continued.

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Concluding Remarks. [In Białoszewski’s texts] there is a story for the story’s sake. Not a text- narration, but a text-style. Between the speaker and his world there are rela- tions being created other than mere reporting [Toczy się opowieść dla opowieści. Nie tekst-fabuła, lecz tekst-styl. Między mówcą a jego światem ustala się stosunek inny niż tylko sprawozdawczy] (Zieniewicz 1983a:36). “This is what style is,” write Deleuze and Guttari, “the moment when language is no longer defined by what it says, but by what causes it to move, to flow…. For literature is [...] a process and not a goal… a pure process that fulfills itself, and that never ceases to reach fulfillment as it proceeds – art as ‘experimenta- tion.’” Likewise, reading a text is never an act of interpretation, it “is never a scholarly exercise in search of what is signified, still a highly textual exercise in search of a signifier”; it too is an act of experimentation, “a productive use of the literary machine” (Smith in Deleuze 1998:LI). Białoszewski’s originality and unpredictable sequences of thought escape criti- cal evaluations. He always seems to extend outside the explanations provided by his critics. In my view this is the case because all previous approaches that deal with the artist’s works are in some way reductive, or they employ reductive methodologies. It is also the case with two most influential critical approaches to the poet. For Barańczak, in the world of Białoszewski everything...

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