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SpartanSheep rated it really liked it Jul 27, Witold Gombrowicz is probably the most important twentieth-century novelist most Western readers have never heard of, which is to say that he is the kind of writer whose following consists largely of other writers, whose faith in Gombrowicz’s under-recognized genius has led them to shower him with superlatives.

Lola Lola rated it it was amazing Nov 20, For Gombrowicz, culture itself, with its insistence on acceptable norms, is plenty totalitarian as it is, thank you very much.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Or at least this is the attitude represented in the preponderance of Gombrowicz’s work, any treatment of which is obliged to bear the disclaimer that you can never fully trust an author so fond of irony and gombrowcz.

Gombrowicz spent a year in Paris where he studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales; although he was less than diligent in his studies his time in France brought him in constant contact with other bakakxj intellectuals. Then the Nazis invaded Poland, followed by the Soviets, and that was that: This page was last edited on 24 Augustat Upon the re-release, Gombrowicz decided to change the original title since it had led to misinterpretations.


And he’s probably right. In his family moved to Warsaw.

My interlocutor bristled, became very solemn, and told me in no uncertain terms that making such remarks on the street would give me an opportunity to use my health insurance, which he hoped was comprehensive.

Louis Begley reviewed the book in The Washington Post upon the American release inand called the stories “all highly accomplished”. It’s just the sort of thing that Gombrowicz-or a certain side of him-would abhor.

Refresh and try again. From his very first book, a collection of short stories called Memoirs from a Time of Immaturity ; later entitled Bakakaj, and including the story “The Rat”Gombrowicz raged against what he saw as the aristocratic conservatism of Polish culture, the formality of men bowing and kissing ladies’ hands in greeting, the general insistence on how Poland’s grand destiny had been sidetracked by a century of partition and occupation, and perhaps most of all the uncritical reverence for such cultural heroes as Copernicus of questionable nationalityMickiewicz the national poet, actually born in Lithuaniaand Chopin half-Polish, who spent most of his life in France.

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The publication of Ferdydurke, his first novel, brought him acclaim in literary circles. Susan Sontag, in her introduction to the recent English translation of Ferdydurke, his ironic masterpiece, calls him brilliant.

Dominika added it Aug 26, Karola rated it really liked it Sep 08, In he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes: Views Read Edit View history. Books with missing cover Articles containing Polish-language text. In he started exchanging letters with Jerzy Giedroyc and from he gombrowidz having works published in the Parisian journal Culture, where, infragments of Dziennik Diaries appeared. The collection’s second title, Bakakaj, is itself arbitrarily chosen; Gombrowicz took the name from one of his streets in Buenos Aires, as he bakaiaj explained, “the way we name dogs, simply in order to tell one from another.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bakwkaj it was re-released as Bakakajand included five additional stories.

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He chose Bakakaj as the new title because it was the name of the street Bacacay where he lived during his stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dominika marked it as to-read Aug 15, Paperbackpages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

In fact, Gombrowicz’s prose has never been as absurd as journalistic reductions would have it, since it is always-both thematically and linguistically-a consistent, even systematic response to a set of cultural, philosophical, and psychological problems. His writings are beloved in France, where they have long been available in competent translations, and where Gombrowicz himself spent the last years of his life.


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