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Groza w opowiadaniu Talidomid Dawida Kaina
Horror in Dawid Kain’s Talidomid

Author(s): Katarzyna Niesporek
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: Gorefikacje is the first Polish e-anthology of gore, which premiered on March30th, 2013. Extreme horror is new to Polish literature: it is only at the beginning ofits path. Making its first shy steps towards the center of the literary scene, it owes itsevolution to young authors, who first seek inspiration in works by non-Polish authors,and then – in cinematography. Gore oscillates first and foremost around macabreimages of blood, dismemberment, vivisection, abuse, killing, torture, pornography,crime, and perverse provocations. The article focuses on the opening text of theGorefikacje e-anthology – a story written by one of the most renowned contemporaryPolish horror writers, Dawid Kain. Mateusz, the protagonist of Talidomid, is a cripple.Immersed in the “Die of Death” – a mysterious online game – he realizes thatit is life that plays a game with him. Doomed, he becomes a victim of his own fate:his hatred towards others eventually turns against himself.

  • Page Range: 303-321
  • Page Count: 19
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish