Diary Just before the outbreak of World War II young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America In still living as an expatriate in Argentina he began his Diary with on

Just before the outbreak of World War II, young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America In 1953, still living as an expatriate in Argentina, he began his Diary with one of literature s most memorable openings Monday Me Tuesday Me Wednesday Me and, Thursday Me Gombrowicz s Diary grew to become a vast collection of essays, shortJust before the outbreak of World War II, young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America In 1953, still living as an expatriate in Argentina, he began his Diary with one of literature s most memorable openings Monday Me Tuesday Me Wednesday Me and, Thursday Me Gombrowicz s Diary grew to become a vast collection of essays, short notes, polemics, and confessions on myriad subjects ranging from political events to literature to the certainty of death Not a traditional journal, Diary is instead the commentary of a brilliant and restless mind.Widely regarded as a masterpiece, this brilliant work compelled Gombrowicz s attention for a decade and a half until he penned his final entry in France, shortly before his death in 1969 Long out of print in English, Diary is now presented in a convenient single volume featuring a new preface by Rita Gombrowicz, the author s widow and literary executor This edition also includes ten previously unpublished pages from the 1969 portion of the diary.

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  1. Witold Marian Gombrowicz August 4, 1904 in Ma oszyce, near Kielce, Congress Poland, Russian Empire July 24, 1969 in Vence, near Nice, France was a Polish novelist and dramatist His works are characterized by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and an absurd, anti nationalist flavor In 1937 he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and an ironic, critical examination of class roles in Polish society and culture He gained fame only during the last years of his life but is now considered one of the foremost figures of Polish literature BiographyGombrowicz was born in Ma oszyce, in Congress Poland, Russian Empire to a wealthy gentry family He was the youngest of four children of Jan and Antonina n e Kotkowska In 1911 his family moved to Warsaw After completing his education at Saint Stanislaus Kostka s Gymnasium in 1922, he studied law at Warsaw University in 1927 he obtained a master s degree in law 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 young intellectuals He also visited the Mediterranean.When he returned to Poland he began applying for legal positions with little success In the 1920s he started writing, but soon rejected the legendary novel, whose form and subject matter were supposed to manifest his worse and darker side of nature Similarly, his attempt to write a popular novel in collaboration with Tadeusz K pi ski turned out to be a failure At the turn of the 20 s and 30 s he started to write short stories, which were later printed under the title Memoirs Of A Time Of Immaturity From the moment of this literary debut, his reviews and columns started appearing in the press, mainly in the Kurier Poranny Morning Courier He met with other young writers and intellectuals forming an artistic caf society in Zodiak and Ziemia ska, both in Warsaw The publication of Ferdydurke, his first novel, brought him acclaim in literary circles.Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Gombrowicz took part in the maiden voyage of the Polish cruise liner, Chrobry, to South America When he found out about the outbreak of war in Europe, he decided to wait in Buenos Aires till the war was over, but was actually to stay there until 1963 often, especially during the war, in great poverty.At the end of the 1940s Gombrowicz was trying to gain a position among Argentine literary circles by publishing articles, giving lectures in Fray Mocho caf , and finally, by publishing in 1947 a Spanish translation of Ferdydurke written with the help of Gombrowicz s friends, among them Virgilio Pi era Today, this version of the novel is considered to be a significant literary event in the history of Argentine literature however, when published it did not bring any great renown to the author, nor did the publication of Gombrowicz s drama lub in Spanish The Wedding, El Casamiento in 1948 From December 1947 to May 1955 Gombrowicz worked as a bank clerk in Banco Polaco, the Argentine branch of PeKaO SA Bank In 1950 he started exchanging letters with Jerzy Giedroyc and from 1951 he started having works published in the Parisian journal Culture, where, in 1953, fragments of Dziennik Diaries appeared In the same year he published a volume of work which included the drama lub The Wedding and the novel Trans Atlantyk, where the subject of national identity on emigration was controversially raised After October 1956 four books written by Gombrowicz appeared in Poland and they brought him great renown despite the fact that the authorities did not allow the publication of Dziennik Diaries , and later organized

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  1. Literature remains, unfortunately, the romance of older, subtle men in love with one another, who shower one another with favours Break out of that magic circle Seek new inspirations Allow a child, a puppy, a halfwit to seduce you, bind yourself to people of other conditions Yes to be sharp, wise, mature, to be an artist , thinker , stylist only to a certain degree but never too much Herein lies the difficulty For if I had entered culture as a pure barbarian, an absolute anarchist, a complete pr [...]

  2. Witold Gombrowicz 1904 1969 was a Polish author and this is his diary According to he was one the most important Polish writers of the 20th century I never heard of him before I read his name in Karl Ove Knausg rd s final volume of the Min Kamp series The Norwegian highly praises the Pole while at the same time lowers himself Fuck you, Karl Ove You stupid little shithead I did t even reach Gombrowicz to the sole of his shoes.Elsewhere Knausg rd compares Gombrowicz with Cervantes and Shakespeare [...]

  3. Zo n 25 jaar geleden was ik helemaal idolaat van Witold Gombrowicz De gebundelde heruitgave van zijn verhalen en romans die kort geleden uitkwam las ik onlangs met veel vreugde Gombrowicz volkomen groteske en onherhaalbaar eigenzinnige proza was in mijn beleving nog net zo fonkelend als toen Daardoor aangestoken trok ik zijn Dagboek 1953 1969 weer eens uit de boekenkast, het boek dat volgens veel fans Gombrowicz beste is en ook door o.a Knausgard zeer is geroemd Ook nu amuseerde ik mij weer hevi [...]

  4. Zevrubn den kov filipika nejen o Polsku a Gombrowiczovi, kterou je dobr st formou co t den to jeden z znam Ano, padaj tu jak na b c m p se v na ich luz ch a h j ch nezn m jm na a ud losti, ale jeliko o n tu nejde, tak jsou p ekvapiv o pozn n m n na kodu ne by jeden ekal.

  5. Wo0o Alto viaje Leer el diario de Gombrowicz fue lo mejor que me pas en la vida Lo voy a amar hasta que me muera Es una reivindicaci n absoluta del humano y su yo, por sobre toda la sanata art stica, cient fica, religiosa y pol tica con la que nos revestimos socialmente Pero lo hace con tanto nivel y humor, que no pude m s que encontrar un amigo Patriotismo de lado que la mayor parte transcurra en Argentina, es un golazo Lo recomiendo fervientemente por sobre todos los otros libros del universo. [...]

  6. Who else can turn a dull unimportant event into a psychological philosophical thriller When you read him you are not afraid of your own inner craziness Damn, you even feel like you should set it on the whole world.I do not agree with all of his comments on literature but his way of expressing them is still highly amusing.

  7. Gombrowicz is one of the most extraordinary writers I ve encountered in a long time Only a truly disciplined musician can play Free Jazz, Don Cherry used to say, and such a musician is Gombrowizc in his Diaries The sense of structure of a Bach combined with an hallucinatory madness which at the same time is perceptive as an incision the wildly laughing gallows humor, the continual experimentations a one man band of meta literatures, meta critiques, meta theories being juggled like so many orange [...]

  8. Well, now my journey with the great Gombrowicz has come to an end There was a time where I couldn t imagine what life would be like after The Diaries Gombrowicz, a mindblowing master of his mother tongue, delivers rather an intriguing Bildungroman of an exotic foreigner in the likewise exotic foreign country which I could partly relate to than a classical diary and teaches simultaneously about his, that is a headstrong artist s, views on poetry, art and music This book is tremendously enriching [...]

  9. Sorry, niet uitgelezen Pedant intellectueel snobistische filosofie Het onomstreden hoog niveau is vrees ik, niet aan mij besteed

  10. The guide to the deterioration of noble culture in the mid 20th century Gombrowicz esteems greatness from his fellow Pols, yet he encounters the woeful posturings of meretricious sell outs This book helps us navigate our own modern decay and offers glimmers of hope for what could and should be We are not the direct heirs of past greatness or insignificance, intelligence or stupidity, virtue or sin and each person is responsible only for himself Each is himself.

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