Motory Emila Zegadłowicza czytane po latach

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Emil Zegadłowicz’s Motors, which was published in 1937, has to read in the context of the writer’s artistic and ideological evolution, marked by his novel cycle, The Life of his Mikołaj Srebrempisany (1927-1935), in particular Mares (1935), as well as the later The Dead Sea (1939). Close attention should also be paid to the autobiographical aspects of all his fictions. The same is true of Motors, the origin of which is deeply rooted in the writer’s biography. How should we read and interpret the novel today? Should we treat it as erotic fiction? Or focus primarily on the main character’s three types of utopian thinking, the utopia of sex, art and left-wing political activism? It seems that the latter approach may well restore to us and reveal a fresh relevance of a book often regarded as a product of a long gone epoch

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Literary Movement; The Journal of Polish Academy of Sciences

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