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by Witold Gombrowicz

ISBN: 0714509159
ISBN13: 978-0714509150
Language: English
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (July 1, 2000)
Pages: 158
Category: Dramas and Plays
Subategory: Literature

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Witold Marian Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 – July 24, 1969) was a Polish writer and playwright. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor.

Witold Marian Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 – July 24, 1969) was a Polish writer and playwright. As a leftist, bisexual, and anticlerical who defied all party lines, his books were banned in communist Poland.

Witold Gombrowicz is the single most important Polish prose writer of the 20th century

Witold Gombrowicz is the single most important Polish prose writer of the 20th century. He is best known for his novels Ferdydurke(1937), Pornografia(1960) and Cosmos(1966) and his plays Princess Ivona(1935) and The Marriage(1953). Gombrowicz left Poland in 1939, lived in Argentina for over 20 years, and died in France. In his introduction to this work Gombrowicz's publisher Maurice Nadeau outlines the kind of character the author had. The sharpness of mind, the sarcasm, the focusing on paradox were all connected with Gombrowicz's outlandish conception of himself.

A Kind of Testament book. Gombrowicz was one of the best polish writers. This book explains fundamental thoughts of his literary output, but don’t forget, he was a trickster too!

A Kind of Testament book. This book explains fundamental thoughts of his literary output, but don’t forget, he was a trickster too!

Witold Gombrowicz, Pornografia embraces an array of corrosive conflicts, between boys and girls, children and grown-ups, anarchy .

Witold Gombrowicz, Pornografia embraces an array of corrosive conflicts, between boys and girls, children and grown-ups, anarchy and the law, inferiority (life) and superiority (death), and competing versions of the real. When the categories begin to deform and melt together, of course, things get truly, intriguingly, dicey. Another opposition thrown into the pot is war and, if not peace, then a maddening state of not-yet-war. In his conversation with Dominique de Roux in A Kind of Testament, Gombrowicz tells de Roux how he began writing the novel in Argentina. he year was 1955.

Originally published in French in 1968, Gombrowicz's autobiographical novel was released in English in 1973. The author discusses the place of the writer in the world and the events of his life.

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, was one of the most important Polish writers of the twentieth century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he was described by Milan Kundera as one of the great novel

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, was one of the most important Polish writers of the twentieth century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he was described by Milan Kundera as one of the great novel. Possessed: The Secret of Myslotch: A Gothic Novel. by Witold Gombrowicz · .

A Kind of Testament" stands as a testament to how Gombrowicz came to be the person and writer that he was and overlap between the two.

A Kind of Testament is part autobiography and part justification of the life's work of one of Poland's most important novelists and playwrights. A Kind of Testament" stands as a testament to how Gombrowicz came to be the person and writer that he was and overlap between the two.

Discover Witold Gombrowicz famous and rare quotes. A kind of testament, Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd. Don't be fooled by your own wisdom". 16 Copy quote. Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. Twins, Twin Sister, Foolishness.

Witold Gombrowicz Gombrowicz is one of the most original and gifted writers of the twentieth century: he belongs at the very.

These exuberant stories, so startlingly fresh, so vigorous, and so wildly inventive, are a deligh. Alastair Reid. Gombrowicz is one of the most original and gifted writers of the twentieth century: he belongs at the very summit, at the side of his kindred spirits, Kafka and Céline. One of the greatest novelists of our century.

An autobiography of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Author of Ferdydurke, Pincess Ivona, Trans-Atlantic, The Marriage, and Pornographia
Comments:
Shomeshet
If you are familiar/obsessed with him, you will greatly appreciate this. You will learn so much about his life, inner thoughts, and writing process.
If you are not familiar/obsessed, you probably will not care about what he has to say (first read Ferdydurke).

Mildorah
Polish wit: astute as the grossest insult. This is like a history of literary plowing the earth for me. Dustin Hoffman plays a gangster king of the Bronx in the movie Billy Bathgate which inspired me most when the gang fired Billy and told him:

Nobody around here likes you because you want to know a reason for everything.

People who think Nietzsche is Polish have identified the Sorb group that was having a Reformation in the years following 1600. Repression in Catholic Poland made a pastor go to Germany where a long line of Nietzsche protestant pastors produced the father of the philosopher, who was a tutor for some princesses before Friedrich Wilhelm appointed him pastor of the church in which Fried Nietzsche was raised, but his family had to move from the parsonage into a house full of women relatives of the very religious state of mind after the death of Pastor Nietzsche from softening of the brain.

David Friedrich Strauss had some influence on the young Nietzsche who was more interested in Homer's Greek gods (he thought they died laughing when a jealous god tried to teach: you shall have no other gods before me), but DFS was a scholar at that time (the real Straussian genius), and a century after Hegel died, Witold Gombrowicz was in the shambles that can resemble ourselves when the world starts splitting everything that has mass and energy.

Mustard Forgotten
Kind of Testament is a terrific snapshot of the force behind Gombrowicz's writing. Through his brief biographical narrative we get insight into what ultimately shaped his views on writing, art, politics, religion, and so forth. This wonderful introduction into the Gombrowicz philosophy is dripping with his talent for prose; the sardonic wit, the sarcasm, and the passion for his craft. I choose the word introduction because in his three volume Diary, Gombrowicz expounds on these views going much deeper into their meaning. I highly recommend Kind of Testament if you are either a casual Gombrowicz fan, or if you want to discover one of the 20th Century's truly great (and sadly underappreciated) writers.

HeonIc
In his introduction to this work Gombrowicz's publisher Maurice Nadeau outlines the kind of character the author had. The sharpness of mind, the sarcasm , the focusing on paradox were all connected with Gombrowicz's outlandish conception of himself. He would get irritated thinking about Shakespeare and Goethe the only writers big enough to associate himself with. Nadeau while clearly believing in Gombrowicz as 'one of the most original writers of our time' obviously had strong reservations about him as a person. He writes of how Gombrowicz was angry at him for not getting him all kinds of things , including the Nobel Prize, Nadeau had no control over whatsoever. He gives a sense of Gombrowicz as a quite unpleasant, self- centered person whose own genius was the only subject that really concerned him.

In the memoir itself Gombrowicz does show a certain generosity. He speaks warmly of his friend Bruno Schulz. He commends his Jewish friends including Schultz who he says were the main supporters of his writing in his early days. He speaks it is true of his native Poland with less than full sympathy. This is perhaps a reflection of the twenty- eight years he spent in Argentinian exile . But also is a reflection of his own idea of 'Form' as he seems to believe that 'Form'is more perfectly embodied in England and France .

Perhaps the most instructive part of the memoir is his writing about the background to what is regarded as his masterpiece 'Ferdyduke'.

This is what he quotes Schultz as saying about 'Ferdyduke'."This means that in 'Ferdyduke'a shameful inner world is revealed which can only be confessed to and formulated with the greatest difficulty.Yet the world is not the Freudian world of instinct and the subconscious. It is the result of the following process: in our relations with other people we want to be cultivated, superior mature, so we use the language of maturity and we talk about, for instance, Beauty, Goodness, Truth.. But within our own confidential , intimate reality , we feel nothing but inadequacy, immaturity: and then our private ideals collapse, and we create a private mythology for ourselves, which is also basically a culture, but a shabby, inferior, culture, degraded to the level of our own inadequacy. "

In the end Gombrowicz summarizes. "I am almost ashamed of myself. Where have my assaults on Form got me? To Form. I broke it so much and so often that I became the writer whose subject is Form. That is my form and my definition.And todayI, a living individual am the servant of that official Gombrowicz whom I built with my own hands. I can only add to him. My former impulses, my gaffes, my dissonances, all this trying immaturity.. where has all that gone? In my old age life has become easier for me. I sail confidently between my contradictions and people listen to what I have to say Yes, yes.I've dug my hole. I've played my part. I am a servant. Whose? Gombrowicz's."

I unfortunately find this form of confession less than wholly illuminating .Gombrowiccz is not Shakespeare, and not Goethe. He also is not Borges.

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