“Inglourious Basterds”. Italian reminiscences of Artur Międzyrzecki’s writing.

Mariusz Jochemczyk

(Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach)
E-mail: mariusz.jochemczyk[at]us.edu.pl
ORCID: 0000-0002-0671-6355
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2021.03.04
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2021, nr 1, s. 45-58

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The article presents the process of individual, personal “memory work”. It concerns the traces of collective and individual military experience (something like post-traumatic stress disorder) in literary notation. It is interesting how the military trauma of the Italian campaign is revealed in the narrative, how it “tells” in the changing phases of the performance. The nature of this process is very difficult to describe (“fix” the experience and “blur” it, “constructing individual fate” and “denying reality”, “mythologizing facts” and “displacing the real”): it varies, opalesces in subsequent creative transformations.