Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz

By Witold Gombrowicz

During this bitterly humorous novel by way of the popular Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz, a author unearths himself tossed right into a chaotic global of schoolboys through a diabolical professor who needs to lessen him to childishness. initially released in Poland in 1937, Ferdydurke turned an fast literary sensation and catapulted the younger writer to repute. Deemed scandalous and subversive via Nazis, Stalinists, and the Polish Communist regime in flip, the unconventional (as good as all of Gombrowicz's different works) was once formally banned in Poland for many years. It has still remained probably the most influential works of twentieth-century ecu literature.Ferdydurke is translated right here without delay from the Polish for the 1st time. Danuta Borchardt deftly captures Gombrowicz's playful and idiosyncratic kind, and she or he permits English audio system to adventure totally the masterpiece of a author whom Milan Kundera describes as "one of the nice novelists of our century."

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For example the question of innocence. Oh, threefold wise are they who Jive solely by today's concerns, the concerns of maturity and of the prime oflife, leaving outdated prob­ lems to elderly aunts. Because making the choice as to the subject matter and the issues one will address is immensely important to the individual, just as it is to entire nations, and we so often see that a person who is mature and sagacious in his dealings with mature matters becomes, in the twinkling of an eye, painfully immature when confronted with matters that are too puerile or too far in the past-and incompatible with the spirit of the times and the rhythm of history.

Said others, walking away from the oak, but none of them could take their eyes off Pimko who, standing discretely behind the tree, was making notes with his pencil on a scrap of paper torn out of his writing pad. " Suddenly Pirnko tossed the scrap of paper into the air with a deft movement of his hand, as if the wind had blown it. The note said: On the basis of my observations conducted during lunch hour at school X, I came to the conclusion that our male youth is innocent! This is my deepest conviction.

What? What's this? * I was unable to move because of my pupa while the prof, still seated, and while sitting, projected such perfect prof-authority that instead of screaming I raised my hand to speak, like boys do in school. "Sit down, Kowalski. " And so I sat through this surreal nonsense, gagged and steam­ rolled by the prof, I sat on my childish little pupa while ·he, seated as if on the Acropolis, wrote something in his notebook. " "To Principal Pi6rkowski's school. A first-rate educational institu­ tion.

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