“No Light in the Dark, Quiet, Locked Building”?

An analysis of the space of the castle as exemplified in the novel. The Gothic novel genre, characterised by Bram Stokes’s Dracula, made the space of the castle fundamental to the atmosphere of terror, owing to its mysterious, labyrinthine topography. It was the Gothic novel that continued the legend of the castle space, once the domain of fairy-tales and fables. Franz Kafka allegorized the space of the castle. In his work, the castle is not only a setting, but above all a metaphor for existential solitude. Witold Gombrowicz, on the other hand, experimented with the Gothic novel, with the aim of doing justice to the unjustly marginalized art of Inferiority. With this intention, he wrote Possessed.