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Results 1 - 16 of 19 REAL CRIME MAGAZINE Issue 14 (new) - £ In This Issue 11 years In Hell First He Took Their Liberty And Then He Took Their Innocence. Buy Digital and Print Copies of True Crime - True Crime September Available on Desktop PC or Mac and iOS or Android mobile devices.
Shipping and handling. This item will ship to Germany , but the seller has not specified shipping options. He had been the equivalent of high-school valedictorian and, as an undergraduate at the University of Wroclaw, which he attended from to , he was considered one of the brightest philosophy students. The night before an exam, while other students were cramming, he often stayed out drinking and carousing, only to show up the next morning, dishevelled and hung over, and score the highest marks. Bala, who often stayed with his parents in Chojnow, a provincial town outside Wroclaw, began bringing home stacks of philosophy books, lining the hallways and filling the basement.
Bala, however, was drawn to the radical arguments of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who maintained that language, like a game of chess, is essentially a social activity. For Bala, such subversive ideas made particular sense after the collapse of the Soviet Empire, where language and facts had been wildly manipulated to create a false sense of history. Twenty times each! I used to joke that he knew more about France from books than from seeing it.
Bala interpreted these thinkers idiosyncratically, pulling threads here and there, and often twisting and turning and distorting them, until he had braided them into his own radical philosophy. To amuse himself, he began constructing myths about himself—an adventure in Paris, a romance with a schoolmate—and tried to convince friends that they were true. It existed in the language. Foucault himself was drawn to homosexual sadomasochism. Is it for you to say what is good or what is evil?
Some people found such proclamations juvenile, even ridiculous; others were mesmerized by them. Those closest to him regarded his tales simply as playful confabulations. In , Bala, belying his libertine posture, married his high-school sweetheart, Stanislawa—or Stasia, as he called her. Stasia, who had dropped out of high school and worked as a secretary, showed little interest in language or philosophy. But Bala insisted that he wanted to take care of Stasia, who had always loved him, and in their son Kacper was born. That year, Bala graduated from the university with the highest possible marks, and enrolled in its Ph.
Although he received a full academic scholarship, he struggled to support his family, and soon left school to open his cleaning business. He was not a good businessman. Whenever money came in, colleagues say, instead of investing it in his company he spent it.
By , he had filed for bankruptcy. His marriage also collapsed.
Unbound by any sense of truth—moral, scientific, historical, biographical, legal—Chris embarks on a grisly rampage. In one scene, he gets drunk with a friend and steals from a church a statue of St. Anthony—the Egyptian saint who lived secluded in the desert, battling the temptations of the Devil, and who fascinated Foucault. Foucault, describing how St. Finally, Chris, repudiating what is considered the ultimate moral truth, kills his girlfriend Mary. Everything was covered in blood. Complete silence. And his wife—who, not coincidentally, is also named Sonya—never returns to him.
Throughout the book, Bala plays with words in order to emphasize their slipperiness. Even when Chris slaughters Mary, it feels like a language game. It took me two million years. Bala finished the book toward the end of He had given Chris a biography similar to his own, blurring the boundary between author and narrator.
He even posted sections of the book on a blog called Amok, and during discussions with readers he wrote comments under the name Chris, as if he were the character. Hyde, the dark side of their psyche—do you agree? It might turn out that Krystian Bala is the creation of Chris.
The book has not been translated into English. He never acted obscenely or vulgar toward me. Our sex life was normal. A simple reader will find interesting only a few violent scenes with a graphic description of people having sex.
But if someone really looks, he will see that these scenes are intended to awaken the reader and. But he was confident that it would eventually find its place among the great works of literature. In at least one respect, the book succeeded. Chris was so authentically creepy that it was hard not to believe that he was the product of a genuinely disturbed mind, and that he and the author were indeed indistinguishable.
Only a fool, he said, would believe that.
Wroblewski had never read about postmodernism or language games. For him, facts were as indissoluble as bullets.
His job was to piece together a logical chain of evidence that revealed the irrefutable truth. But Wroblewski also believed that, in order to catch a killer, you had to understand the social and psychological forces that had formed him. And so, if Bala had murdered Janiszewski or participated in the crime—as Wroblewski now fully suspected—then Wroblewski, the empiricist, would have to become a postmodernist.