My journey on the roads, wildernesses, and legends of Africa
Africa. A distant continent, unknown, shrouded in mystery to this day. Elusive for a writer’s pen, it seems to sneak out of our hands every time we try to paint it with words.
And so, and not. Orbitowski deliberately introduced such a stylistic treatment that he changed the travel relationship into a storytelling. He replaced dry facts and stylized anecdotes with a sincere, personal travel diary, seemingly focusing on the course of subsequent days. Apparently, because under the cloak of the description of the journey and all sorts of attractions, the author smuggled his feelings and, what is more interesting, local legends. All this has been enriched with a slight sfabularization of accounts, as a result of which the reader has received an original publication on the borderline of completely different literary genres.
In the case of this type of literature, it is difficult to judge the plot – first of all, because it is a kind of an attempt to collect thoughts after an absolutely real and often exciting journey. But in the case of Zapiski Nosorożca / Rhinoceros’ Notes there is something else – the author, abandoning the tone of a traveler lecturing foreign things to the reader, becomes a storyteller, inviting the reader to a conversation. There is a great responsibility, because in such a situation not only literary output is exposed to evaluation, but also the way of being, the natural way of telling a story and to some extent the author’s personally involved in this story. When you go through the following chapters, you often get the impression that the author is right next to you – and it brings to mind a chat with a friend rather than a lecture or a meticulously elaborated story, as is often the case. Nevertheless, I don’t try to say that I detected some glaring deficiencies or I felt unsatisfied – I rather want to applaud and propose more books written in such a convention.
However, staying with the theory that such a writing style entails exposing my personality to the reader’s assessment, I would like to express my feelings and feelings. As I and Mr. Orbitowski walked through a different African world, I had mixed feelings. The moments when I was smiling at myself because of the author’s accurate comments were intertwined with the moments when I was overwhelmed by these brilliant comments. This, in turn, caused me to stop for a moment and I asked myself whether it was a natural way of speaking, or whether the / The Notes / Zapiski / Zapiskiped] had a desire to be funny by force. This is also how I want, and I must even signal that this is not a book for everyone – the author, giving the reader a kind of permission to get to know better, puts himself in exactly the same situation as a new person in the circle of friends: he shows something new, tries and usually tries for these efforts and their good results he likes. Unless for some difficult to define reason this person and all his gestures and behaviors act on the others like a sheet for a bull. And this is exactly how it is with Rhinoceros Notes – for me they are very plastic and attractive stories from the journey, but I am aware that they are written in such a personal and informal way that they have the right to arouse extreme opinions. In the face of such prose, I decided to withdraw from specific assessments and recommend you to read the Notes – I hope you will see for yourself that this is a valuable position!
As far as the technical side is concerned, the book does not show any glaring errors and imperfections. Sine Qua Non-Publishing House, as usual, took care of a modest, but nice graphic design, while the photos inside the publication add character and make reality what has been transferred to paper.