The Trabsforming Self
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.”
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