The paper discusses the problems of Karol Irzykowski's short-story writing. Selected novels by the writer are here analyzed with reference to the idea of 'mannerism poetics' being, according to the author, a useful term to describe some literary texts composed at the beginning of 20th century (to date referred to as 'experimental' or 'avant-garde'). The author takes on the 'trans-historical' perspective to confront Irzykowski's literary creativity with the end 16th and 17th c. literary theory concepts..
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