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Yale University Press, Apr 1, 2012 - Fiction - 281 pages
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In this bitterly funny novel a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to childishness. Originally published in Poland in 1937, Ferdydurke was deemed scandalous and subversive by Nazis, Stalinists, and the Polish Communist regime in turn and was officially banned in Poland for decades. It has nonetheless remained one of the most influential works of twentieth-century European literature.

"Ferdydurke, among its centrifugal charms, includes some of the truest and funniest literary satire in print."—John Updike

"A wonderfully subversive, self-absorbed, hilarious book. Think Kafka translated by Groucho Marx, with commentaries."—Kirkus Reviews

"The author's exuberant humor, suggesting the absurdist drama of Eugéne Ionesco, if not the short fiction of Franz Kafka, is readily apparent in this new translation. . . . Highly recommended."—Richard Koss, Library Journal

Winner of the 2001 National Translation Award given by the American Literary Translators Association


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I liked the premise. - Goodreads
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No pattern, just writing down all the ideas. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Gombrowicz's novel is one of the funniest I have read, there is a good chuckle on every page or so. The novel is also a serious novel of ideas however, and is essential reading for those of us who feel the infantalising effects of contemporary culture. Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Cherson - Goodreads

I rate this book a 3.63 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best An unforgettable novel of social oppression, worst under totalitarian regimes but still experienced to a lesser extent under any form of government. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Witold Gombrowicz is the author of A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes, Trans-Atlantyk, Cosmos, and Pornografia, the first three available from Yale University Press. These, along with his plays and his Diary, have been translated into more than thirty languages. Danuta Borchardt has translated several works by Witold Gombrowicz. She is also a writer of short stories, which are regularly published on the website Exquisite Corpse.

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