In this article Paweł Zajas takes a critical look at the polemics around Artur Domosławski’s
biography of Ryszard Kapuściński (2010). Leaving aside controversies that are either political
or personal, Zajas argues for a critical discussion of these events. Two visions of non-fiction
have emerged out of the heated debate: adherents of the genre’s progressive ‘hybridisation’
acquiesce to Kapuściński poetic licence, while opponents see it necessary to delimit fiction
and non-fiction. The aesthetics of the reception of non-fiction was a key aspect of the debate,
as were prescriptive arguments concerning the genre.