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Konstancja Nowina Konopka

A Thousand Evil Deeds

This is a story about the kids from Biskupice — a rusty-with-ill-reputation industrial district of Zabrze in the Silesian Highlands of Southern Poland.

Children from Biskupice have the luxury of freedom which their peers from big metropolities can not feel. Children from Biskupice do not have fenced play areas, and they are allowed to trample lawns. They can play football everywhere they want, enjoy adventures and secret places, and not always behave well.

Their world seem to be infinite.

This is a story about five friends who democratically share fags, chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks. They steer clear of a bully, “Big Aneta”. These boys hate school and already two of them left it for good.

They can not start with a clean slate though. Szychta with Kalus dumped a cat off the bridge. Kalus with Bajlas devastated the local cemetery. Bajlas with Szychta set fire to an old shed. And Bajlas smashed a dinner plate on his school friend’s head.

Their world can appear fascinating with its limitless living space and imagination, but then it makes you puzzled with the moral code. This poses the question of how many evil deeds are yet to be committed to reach anticipated adulthood…

— Konstancja Nowina Konopka

These stories were very old, as old as people, and they had survived because they were very powerful indeed. They were the tales that echoed in the head long after the books that contained them were cast aside. They were both an escape from reality and an alternative reality themselves. They were so old, and so strange, that they had found a kind of existence independent of the pages they occupied. The world of the old tales existed parallel to ours, but sometimes the walls separating the two became so thing and brittle that the two worlds started to blend into each other. That was when the trouble started. That was when the bad things came. That was when the Crooked Man began to appear to David.

John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things (via observando)