The metropolis and the province are the figures of an existential situation rather than a description of material reality. It is not surprising, therefore, that the same place may be evaluated differently. A black hole where all is lost will become a territory full of life. The accounts by Andrzej Stasiuk portraying a Europe from the very peripheries of the world show just how radical such a reversal can be. Focused on the opposition of interest to us, we continue to labour on the demarcation of the actual boundary between its components. The metropolis and the province, life and death, the intense and the weak, the dark and the lucid, the open and the closed, the happening and the recollected, all these categories introduce order into reality but also conceal and, even more so, lose an existence that cannot be expressed with their assistance. The continuum, transition, enclosure, and otherness of the same, as well as the horrendum of the metropolis-province comprise the flaw of ethnographic reflection closely adhering to life and experiencing reality.
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