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By Witold Gombrowicz

Although Witold Gombrowicz’s distinctive, idiosyncratic writings contain a three-volume Diary, this voluminous record bargains few evidence approximately his formative years in Poland earlier than his books have been banned there and he went into voluntary exile. Polish Memories—a sequence of autobiographical sketches Gombrowicz composed for Radio loose Europe in the course of his years in Argentina within the overdue 1950s—fills the space in our knowledge.
Written in a simple manner with no his recognized linguistic innovations, the e-book provides an interesting account of Gombrowicz’s formative years, early life, literary beginnings, and fellow writers in interwar Poland and divulges how those stories and participants formed his likely outlandish suggestions in regards to the self, tradition, artwork, and society. additionally, the ebook is helping readers comprehend the varied autobiographical allusions in his fiction and brings a brand new point of knowing and appreciation to his existence and work.

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Her religion too used to be as a lot reasoned because it used to be emotional, however it was once nearly thoroughly with out pleasure, not less than the type that manifests itself simply at the open air; and it was once nearly dramatic in its stubbornness. frequently, staring at these ladies, i might mirror with a definite disquiet at the type of severity and coldness which turned attribute of our generation—and which I perceived additionally in myself and my literary and nonliterary friends. those have been indicators in heaven and earth that introduced the start of latest and rather a lot more durable occasions. i do not suggest to assert through this that every one these Catholic girls of the recent variety have been both specific and profound; on the contrary, they integrated a substantial mix of smooth intellectualism with the previous ease, and bounds weren't strictly set; and but among them there seemed a gravity that broke throughout the platitudes they'd inherited. It used to be simply that now and then the mix of those parts created really comedian results, which we brothers greeted with gales of laughter. For it needs to be confessed that that also inept gravity, that ardor that could no longer exhibit itself since it was once too timid and mute, or which occasionally resorted to bombast—all this occasionally triggered resistance and mockery, and that i think that many a guy was once alienated from the church by means of accurately this new rising form of girl Catholicism. We made enjoyable of those "excesses" within the identify of good judgment and realism, and infrequently mocked their advantage in precisely the way in which the Marxists could have done—in different phrases, demonstrating that it was once the fruit of bourgeois pampering, of the comforts that the higher social spheres offer. Such reproaches hardly made any influence on my mom; she rejected them out of hand as originating from a spirit of unbelief and malice—but in younger women of my sister's kind 138 Polish thoughts they came upon an without warning powerful resonance. those younger ladies already knew that past "their" international used to be hid one other, a far fouler truth that it is going to now not be attainable to prevent. Their delicacy desperately sought a few religious fortification which might allow them to stand this sinister fact; like well-mannered maidens, they persisted to aim to not discover sure "dirty proof of life," yet they have been already mobilizing their private reserves so one can face them head on, and never to be taken abruptly whilst the time got here to take action. whereas older girls may see not anything whatever improper with their fabric wealth, the more youthful girls from "good houses" have been eternally observed by means of emotions of guilt. "It's now not my fault i used to be born into well-off circles," my sister may shield herself. "We all need to reside anywhere God has put us. yet my existence ought to not be more straightforward than different, much less lucky lives; at least I should dwell for these different lives. it is not an issue of having rid of my possessions, or the values to which a greater schooling gave me entry, yet of allowing others to have entry to them. " And, trustworthy to her mathematical dispositions, she might upload, "Tell me, is that now not logical?

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