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By Witold Gombrowicz

Although Witold Gombrowicz’s distinctive, idiosyncratic writings comprise a three-volume Diary, this voluminous record deals few evidence approximately his adolescence in Poland sooner than his books have been banned there and he went into voluntary exile. Polish Memories—a sequence of autobiographical sketches Gombrowicz composed for Radio unfastened Europe in the course of his years in Argentina within the overdue 1950s—fills the distance in our knowledge.
Written in a simple approach with no his well-known linguistic innovations, the ebook provides an enticing account of Gombrowicz’s adolescence, formative years, literary beginnings, and fellow writers in interwar Poland and divulges how those reviews and participants formed his probably outlandish recommendations concerning the self, tradition, paintings, and society. moreover, the booklet is helping readers comprehend the various autobiographical allusions in his fiction and brings a brand new point of figuring out and appreciation to his existence and work.

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Polish stories 35 We celebrated our highschool commencement within the condo of Miecio Grabiriski, often called "the Chairman"; he lived on Jerozolimska road, contrary the most railroad station. I acquired under the influence of alcohol, besides all people else, and threw up from the home windows of the 6th ground onto the road; yet in my addled kingdom I didn't become aware of that there has been a restaurant there, with tables at the sidewalk. The roar that went up from less than brought about me to hurriedly alarm my partners, and we barricaded the door, ready to protect ourselves to the sour finish. That summer time I spent in Sopot at the Baltic. What may still I learn at college? fact learn, not anything fairly appealed to me. might be philosophy a bit; yet even then I had understood that to understand whatever approximately philosophy one should still visit the book shop, purchase a number of books, and browse them, rather than losing time on lectures and seminars. as a result, I selected the topic so much handy and engaging to shirkers: legislation. within the fall i started to wait the lectures on Roman legislation given via Professor Koschembar-Lyskowski. quickly, even if, i finished really going to the college. legislation proved to be inhumanly tedious, and my fellow scholars weren't specially fascinating both. whilst I learn Zeromski's journals of his college years—colorful, considerable in friendships, politics, desires, poetry and different outpourings, so choked with what he calls that "brilliant scholar chatter"—I envy him. destiny denied me such enthusiasms. it is a unusual factor: even supposing Zeromski matured in a short time and in his early twenties sported a beard and had a very good few damaged hearts lower than his belt, to not converse of alternative reports, I, a domestic dog and a milksop compared to him, was once however in a different way even more mature. My adulthood manifested itself within the conviction that "life is life," as my uncles within the nation could say, and that no reforms, campaigns, events, or struggles may possibly convey my colleagues an oz. extra feel, or flip the earth right into a paradise. i used to be a realist via and during; I abhorred illusions, slogans, and paper theories. I loathed enthusiasm. there's a saying—I have no idea who coined it—that "at twenty, 36 Polish stories one is an arsonist; at 40, a firefighter. " For larger or for worse—most most probably for worse so far as my own existence was once concerned—around the age of twenty i used to be already one of many firefighters, and it used to be with a skeptical smile that I listened to the rousing speeches and songs of the scholars, stressed as they've got consistently been via heritage. this day i do not carry it opposed to myself. to not own that actual and highbrow boisterousness doesn't suggest to be smooth or compliant—the English are facts of this—and it really is attainable to be completely conscious of the entire worthlessness of our inflammable credulity, and in addition of the utter severity of lifestyles, and even as to carry firmly to what one considers to be vital values. i could have already been bothered through a foretaste of the arriving financial disaster, a mystery conviction that tumbler homes are doomed to obtain a shattering kick from a hobnailed boot.

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