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Between Fire and SleepEssays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose$
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Jaroslaw Anders

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300111675

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300111675.001.0001

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Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz

The Trabsforming Self

(p.28) Witold Gombrowicz
Between Fire and Sleep
Jaroslaw Anders
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the life and works of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Gombrowicz was a Polish writer who did not care much for Polish literature; a modernist who derided most of the major currents of modernity; and a skeptical, ironic mind with deep moralistic inclinations. In his three-volume Diary, considered by many his most accomplished work, Gombrowicz advanced a theory that Polish writers are individuals only in a superficial sense. They are, in fact, social institutions “inhibited by something impersonal, superior, inter-human, and collective emanating from the milieu...Polish thought, Polish mythology, the Polish psyche.”

Keywords:   Polish writers, Polish literature, modernists, social institutions

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