A Kind of Testament

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1973 - Biography & Autobiography - 173 pages
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A Kind of Testament is part autobiography and part justification of the lifes work of one of Polands most important novelists and playwrights. Written in France in 1968, this personal testimony is more than just a life history or a critique of his work. A Kind of Testament stands as a testament to how Gombrowicz came to be the person and writer that he was and overlap between the two.

"[Gombrowicz is] one of the profoundest of the late moderns." - John Updike

"What we have here is an unusual manifestation of a writing talent." - Bruno Schulz

"Gombrowicz is one of the most original and gifted writers of the twentieth century: he belongs at the very summit, at the side of his kindred spirits, Kafka and Cline." - The Washington Post

"Gombrowiczs art cannot be measured with the passing of decades. It is a monument of Polish prose." - Czeslaw Milosz

"In his native Poland he is something of a saint-- both a literary icon and a hero of bored school kids." - The Washington Times


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Originally published in French in 1968, Gombrowicz's autobiographical novel was released in English in 1973. The author discusses the place of the writer in the world and the events of his life ... Read full review


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About the author (1973)

Awarded the International Publishers' Prize in 1967, Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) published various novels, plays, and essays during his lifetime, including Ferdydurke, Pornografia, and Trans-Atlantik. Born in Poland, Gombrowicz spent most of his adult life in Argentina, living in relative obscurity and isolation, working in a bank and writing in his spare time. After his return to Europe in 1963, Gombrowicz became internationally famous when several of his plays were staged in Paris.

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