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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

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(p.51) Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
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Between Fire and Sleep
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Jaroslaw Anders
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300111675.003.0003

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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