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Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz
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Apr 29, 12

bookshelves: eastern-european-fiction
Read in April, 2012

This is another one of those books that strikes me as impossibility. Let's say there are "three I's" at the heart of la grand littérature Européenne... ideology, identity (dislocation thereof), and (trumping all) irony. While i don't think I found Ferydurke as comic as I suppose I was supposed to, I was still amused. Liking it certainly depends on your tolerance of a very specifically Continental style. And while I'm not the world's biggest fan of that, I like it well enough, and I liked Ferdydurke.
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N. Thanks for your review. What do you mean by "continental style"?

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Andrew N. wrote: "Thanks for your review. What do you mean by "continental style"?"

I suppose all of the topics mentioned two sentences previous. There's a whole raft of writers who seem to follow this novel-of-ideas style that never really took root in America or England... Gombrowicz is in there, along with Pirandello, Pavese, Goytisolo, Sollers, Blanchot, and (crossing the pond a bit) Cortázar.

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