Diary, Volume 2

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Northwestern University Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
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This is the first English translation of Witold Gombrowicz's Diary, the most Polish and the most universal of his works. Volume Two explores a more personal and intimate side of Gombrowicz in his adopted country of Argentina. Gombrowicz takes the readers into salons, homes, encounters in restaurants and theaters, dramatizing and self-dramatizing, turning the Diary into a work blending techniques of fiction and theater.

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Once described as the world's greatest unknown writer, Gombrowicz fled to Argentina after being exiled from his native Poland by the Nazis and the Communists. The first volume of Diary showed him to ... Read full review


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Exiled from his native Poland by the Nazis and the Communists, Gombrowiczarguably "the world's greatest unknown writer''lived in Argentina from 1939 to 1963 and died in France in 1969. His novels and ... Read full review

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Witold Marian Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 in Maloszyce, Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship, Congress Poland, Russian Empire - July 24, 1969 in Vence, near Nice, France) was a Polish novelist and dramatist. His works are characterized by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and an absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes: the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and an ironic, critical examination of class roles in Polish society and culture. He gained fame only during the last years of his life, but is now considered one of the foremost figures of Polish literature.

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