The article is an attempt to read Witold Gombrowicz's last novel as a text in which a radical experiment in the form of incredible narration is made. Both the ontological status of characters and time and space coordinates are here subject to influence of a problematic ex post short story. Other equally important part of the present considerations consists of the analyses of intertextual relations: in 'Cosmos' they are to prove the presence of stylistic-existential idiom which accompanies the procedures of choices and pre-texts transformations. Presented in this way, the poetological problems lead to formulation of a thesis referring to the literary genetics of the novel in question: 'Cosmos' eventually proves to be an exceptional case of modernistic psychomachy.
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