His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. Because he was a leftist , bisexual, and anticlerical who defied all party lines, his books were banned in communist Poland. He gained fame only during the last years of his life, but is now considered one of the foremost figures of Polish literature. His diaries were published in and are, according to the Paris Review , "widely considered his masterpiece". In an autobiographical piece, A Kind of Testament , he wrote that his family had lived for years in Lithuania on an estate between Vilnius and Kaunas but were displaced after his grandfather was accused of participating in the January Uprising of After completing his education at Saint Stanislaus Kostka's Gymnasium in , Gombrowicz studied law at Warsaw University , earning a master's degree in law in

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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Diary by Witold Gombrowicz. Diary Gombrowicz - Diary complete single volume edition by Witold Gombrowicz ,. Lillian Vallee Translator. 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 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 This edition also includes ten previously unpublished pages from the portion of the diary.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Diary. Witold Gombrowicz was a Polish author and this is his diary. According to Wikipedia he was one the most important Polish writers of the 20th century. You stupid little shithead. You have to check out this Gombrowicz guy yourself. Tuesday Me. Wednesday Me. Thursday Me. So, the tone is set. What follows is no ordinary diary, however.

He was in Argentina at that time and had been there since Back then he wanted to visit the country in South America and shortly after his ship had landed in Buenos Aires, WWII broke out and his native country was attacked by the Nazi hordes. Gombrowicz then 35 years old got stranded and decided to sit the war out in Argentina. He was able to return to Europe as late as when he was offered a grant from the Ford foundation and spent the last years of his life in Paris, Berlin, and finally Vence Southern France , where he died in He never went back to Poland.

Its dishonest honesty wearies me. For whom am I writing? If I am writing for myself, then why is it being published? If for the reader, why do I pretend that I am talking to myself? Are you talking to yourself so that others will hear you? When you read this book be prepared to be bombarded with lots of names, mainly of Polish authors, publishers, critics and so on.

The way Gombrowicz writes about his contemporaries, his friends, foes, and fellow writers is quite remarkable for its candor. These are masters of trivialization, artists who transform a keen life into a boring pulp, where everything is more or less equally mediocre and unimportant.

A surplus of parasites produces such fatal effects. If I were in their place, therefore, I would reflect very deeply on how to elude this disgrace whose name is: oversimplification. Their advantages are purely technical. Their voice resounds powerfully not because it is powerful but because they are allowed to speak through the megaphone of the press. This includes books written and published before he went to Argentina, as well as those he was writing in parallel to his diary.

I admit, he was pretty successful at promoting himself. I will certainly check out his first novel with the somewhat mystical title Ferdydurke and another one called Pornografia. While in Buenos Aires he wanted to produce a Spanish translation of Ferdydurke. Those were the days. The writing style in this book varies greatly. There are long essay-like entries, and short ones with only one line or so. Our motorboat cruised along the dark and quiet surface that ripples through a forest of islands.

All is green, blue, pleasant, and fun. We stopped and picked up a young girl who, how should I say this? Beauty has its secrets: there are many such beautiful melodies but only a few are like a hand that strangles.

No one dared betray that he was watching her, even though there was not a pair of eyes that was not casting furtive glances at her luminous being. The girl then calmly began to pick her nose. Not long ago I read Till Eulenspiegel.

Gombrowicz was an intellectual Eulenspiegel, who liked to do a dump in the homes of foes and friends at times — metaphorically speaking of course. He was an inflated balloon only waiting for a needle to come and burst him.

He provokes, is destructive, enervating, indecent, embarrassing, arrogant and thereby virtuous, thought-provoking, and always confident. He was a real jester at the court of not only the Polish literary circles. This is a book that will thoroughly flush your cerebral gyrus and is highly recommended. View all 8 comments. 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. For if I had entered culture as a pure barbarian, an absolute an Literature remains, unfortunately, the romance of older, subtle men in love with one another, who shower one another with favours! For if I had entered culture as a pure barbarian, an absolute anarchist, a complete primitive [ As philosophy, everything he writes is no doubt flawed.

Yet his brash confidence will not be undermined. Gombrowicz is a zealot, but proud of it, seeing it as the only fitting rejoinder to the hated voice of his oppressors. Lately, we artists have allowed ourselves to be led around too sheepishly by philosophers and other scientists. We have proved incapable of being sufficiently different. An excessive respect for scientific truth has obscured our own truth.

In our eagerness to understand reality, we forget that we are not here to understand reality, but only to express it. We, art, are reality. Art is a fact and not commentary attached to fact. For a key modernist writer, this may not seem like much; the missing link is his Diary , out of print for years and now available in a one-volume paperback for roughly twenty bucks.

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