Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2013

In Osteuropa 11-12/2013

Underground and Generation
Jacek Podsiadło’s Trip to Bratislava

Alfrun Kliems

Deutsche Fassung


Jacek Podsiadło belonged to the younger group of Polish poets who published in the underground magazine bruLion. In one story, he describes a trip to Bratislava to visit Egon Bondy, once spiritus rector of the Prague underground. In Podsiadło’s mystification of Bondy, aesthetic methods of production resonate from bruLion as well as from Bondy’s “total Realism”. Just as programmatically, the road story has two generations of the underground go astray of one other. The poetics of failure inherent to the underground and their subsequent undermining are introduced and in this way central continuities and further developments in the underground’s aesthetic.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2013, pp. 71–86)