Witold Gombrowicz


Born
in Małoszyce, Poland
August 04, 1904

Died
July 25, 1969

Genre

Influences


Witold Marian Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 in Małoszyce, near Kielce, Congress Poland, Russian Empire – July 24, 1969 in Vence, near Nice, France) was a Polish novelist and dramatist. His works are characterized by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and an absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes: the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and an ironic, critical examination of class roles in Polish society and culture. He gained fame only during the last years of his life but is now considered one of the foremost figures of Polish literature.

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Dziennik 1953-1956

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Princess Ivona

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“Serious literature does not exist to make life easy but to complicate it.”
Witold Gombrowicz

“Man is profoundly dependent on the reflection of himself in another man's soul, be it even the soul of an idiot.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke

“Don't be fooled by your own wisdom”
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