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Translator: Körner Gábor
Date: 2014
Page count: 288 pages
Format: B/5
ISBN: 978-963-2794-10-5
Category: from Polish
Series: Science in Fiction

Original price: 2500 Ft

Miracle

 

The central character in "The Miracle", twentysomething Mikołaj, dies on the very first page… And

from then on the story just gets stranger and more interesting. Mikołaj’s body doesn’t decay but maintains a normal temperature of 36.7 degrees Centigrade. The warm corpse catalyses the action and affects the lives of the other main characters who happen to come into contact with it, such as the doctor, Anna, who falls in love with the dead man. But despite appearances, Karpowicz has not written a perverse horror story. To a minor extent he is also interested in describing people who have common sense and a lifestyle where matter definitely takes precedence over mind, and yet they rely on divine intervention and being in touch with mystery and everything that eludes reason. There is another kind of miracle at the heart of the story, a more mundane one, so to speak. As in his first book, "Uncool", Karpowicz writes primarily about burned-out people who have lost their way and cannot cope with life. They are stuck at a dead end because they have no goal to aim for and cannot see any sense in the hustle and bustle of life. They live from day to day, doing the same as everyone else, but something in them has died. What they need is for the world to give them a prod, an accident, a “miraculous” coincidence – such as the appearance of the warm corpse – to make them finally desire change and want to have better, fuller lives. Karpowicz writes about ordinary people and everyday problems, but distorts reality as we know it in a crooked mirror of satire; the image we see in it is terrifying and funny by turns, like in the hall of mirrors at a fun fair. There is seriousness in "The Miracle" too, as well as humour, plain reality and the author’s unusual imagination. And there is something else as well that implies Karpowicz’s future works will provide a lot of pleasure too – a distinctive, original and welldeveloped style.

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