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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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Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Modernism to Madness

(p.51) Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Between Fire and Sleep
Jaroslaw Anders
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the life and works of Polish writer Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. His book Insatiability is considered one of the classics of European modernism. Witkiewicz has remained a mystery to interpreters of his writing and his life. Was he a “metaphysical dandy” and an epigone of nineteenth-century decadence? Or a forerunner of today's radical irony? Or was he, like the hero of Insatiability, a lunatic slowly sinking into incoherence?

Keywords:   Polish writers, Polish literature, European modernism, Instability

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