„O mieście, którego nie ma” , czyli Wrocław w kryminalnych powieściach Marka Krajewskiego
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The city can be seen from many different perspectives. Sometimes, the city itself forms a perspective, a kind of prism that allows you to observe the scene. This is one of the reasons why this approach is such a popular literary motive. In literature a city usually plays various roles. It can be a theatre, providing a stage for everything that is happening. Among urban spaces and buildings, a vivid action of literary creation takes place. Its characters emerge from the city, and the city is what they are deeply connected with. The identity of a city pervades the identities of its inhabitants.Marek Krajewski is the author of the so-called “criminal theatrology” – a kind of novel whose action takes place in the former-day Wrocław. The typical description of the novel‟s Breslau is based on old documents and maps – the former names of streets and places are brought up to strengthen the atmosphere of days that have passed. Still, this picture harmonizes well with the usual convention of a criminal novel. Breslau by Krajewski is a dirty and very dark city. Mysterious places and dreary recesses are all-present, because the genre cannot do without them. Therefore, in the literary presentation of the former-day Wrocław one can still find the truth, although it is mixed with stereotypes typical of this specific literary genre.
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