E. Kosowska, E. Jaworski (red.), "Antropologia kultury - antropologia literatury" (S. 98-112). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The author presents an interpretative proposal of Edward Balcerzan’s autobiographical prose.
She concentrates on the novel Perehenia i słoneczniki aiming at interpreting it on the basis of the interference of orality and writing noticed in the book. The title perehenia plays a vital role (as
a key word) in the course of the interpretation. Referring to his childhood when constructing his
biography, the writer is searching for perehenia in written sources, above all in dictionaries and
lexicons. He contrasts the recollections and fragments of his previous novel Pobyt and stories from
the volume Heneral with the store of dictionary, encyclopaedic knowledge in order to make his
own story “come into force”. Since, his desire for putting down roots combines here with the
strong need for proving his lexical identity. Whereas the author’s retrospective attitude towards the
presentation of the story of his life is accompanied by the consciousness of literary conventions
and principles applied in autobiographical works, revealing the secrets of his origin is arranged
here with an attempt at making individual, carefully chosen fragments of privacy introduced in the
book, more objective.