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Just before the outbreak of World War II, young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America. In 1953, still living as an expatriate in Argentina, he began his Diary with one of literature's most memorable openings: Monday - Me; Tuesday - Me; Wednesday - Me; and, Thursday - Me. Gombrowicz's Diary grew to become a vast collection of essays, short ...more
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Published 2012 by Yale University Press (first published 1986)
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Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) was a Polish author and this is his diary. According to Wikipedia he was one the most important Polish writers of the 20th century. I never heard of him before I read his name in Karl Ove Knausgård’s final volume of the Min Kamp series. The Norwegian highly praises the Pole while at the same time lowers himself:
Fuck you, Karl Ove. You stupid little shithead. I did’t even reach Gombrowicz to the sole of his shoes.

Elsewhere Knausgård compares Gombrowicz with “Cerv
Ben Winch
Literature remains, unfortunately, the romance of older, subtle men in love with one another, who shower one another with favours! Break out of that magic circle! Seek new inspirations! Allow a child, a puppy, a halfwit to seduce you, bind yourself to people of other conditions. [...]

Yes! to be sharp, wise, mature, to be an “artist”, “thinker”, “stylist” only to a certain degree but never too much. [...]

Herein lies the difficulty.

For if I had entered culture as a pure barbarian, an absolute an
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To jest książka totalna. Czytałem Dzienniki wiele lat temu, gdy byłem bardzo młodym licealistą. Chyba nie zdawałem sobie wówczas sprawy z tego, jak bardzo mnie ukształtowały. W podejściu do "polskości", "europejskości", "uniwersalizmu" i sztuki jako wyrazu siebie samego. Gombrowicz bardzo nie chciał dać się wtłoczyć w bycie "polskim pisarzem" i jego Dzienniki są w dużej mierze o tym. Oczywiście są wielu innych rzeczach, których nie da się tu wymienić. Wszystkie pokazują, jak był wielkim i nowocz ...more
Katia N
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gombrowicz is a Polish writer of the middle of the 20th century. He spent the Second World War and the following years in emigration in Argentina. After 24 years he returned to Europe, but never went back to the Communist Poland. He is considered the one of the most prominent Polish writers and his diary is considered to be his masterpiece.

It took me almost 6 months to read this Diary. I found out about its existence while reading the 6th volume of “My struggle” by Knausgard. He was huge fan. A
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not always thrillingly engaging, and some of his rants and rambles on the state of polish literature can drag, but a great deal of wonderful fun stuff here.
Jolanta (knygupe)
"Rimtoji literatura yra ne tam, kad gyvenima palengvintu, o tam, kad ji apsunkintu".
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zo'n 25 jaar geleden was ik helemaal idolaat van Witold Gombrowicz. De gebundelde heruitgave van zijn verhalen en romans die kort geleden uitkwam las ik onlangs met veel vreugde: Gombrowicz' volkomen groteske en onherhaalbaar eigenzinnige proza was in mijn beleving nog net zo fonkelend als toen. Daardoor aangestoken trok ik zijn "Dagboek 1953-1969" weer eens uit de boekenkast, het boek dat volgens veel fans Gombrowicz' beste is en ook door o.a. Knausgard zeer is geroemd. Ook nu amuseerde ik mij ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bezapelacyjnie najlepsza książka, jaką przeczytałam w tym roku! (Nie sądzę, żeby cokolwiek mogło zdeklasować "Dziennik" Gombrowicza). W "Dzienniku" jest wszystko za co kocham Gombrowicza: ironia, styl, szydera, humor, cynizm, szczerość, bezkompromisowość, błyskotliwość. Mogłabym długo wymieniać. Po prostu Gombrowicz <3 ...more
Luciano Losiggio
Wo0o. Alto viaje. Leer el diario de Gombrowicz fue lo mejor que me pasó en la vida. Lo voy a amar hasta que me muera. Es una reivindicación absoluta del humano y su yo, por sobre toda la sanata artística, científica, religiosa y política con la que nos revestimos socialmente. Pero lo hace con tanto nivel y humor, que no pude más que encontrar un amigo. Patriotismo de lado: que la mayor parte transcurra en Argentina, es un golazo. Lo recomiendo fervientemente por sobre todos los otros libros del ...more
Piet Michael
Well, now my journey with the great Gombrowicz has come to an end. There was a time where I couldn't imagine what life would be like after "The Diaries". Gombrowicz, a mindblowing master of his mother tongue, delivers rather an intriguing Bildungroman of an exotic foreigner in the likewise exotic foreign country (which I could partly relate to) than a classical diary and teaches simultaneously about his, that is a headstrong artist's, views on poetry, art and music. This book is tremendously enr ...more
pani Katarzyna
Nov 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gombrowicz's fans, literature snobs and those working on their so called "writing skills"
Shelves: 2008, polish-lit
Who else can turn a dull unimportant event into a psychological-philosophical thriller? When you read him you are not afraid of your own inner craziness. Damn, you even feel like you should set it on the whole world.

I do not agree with all of his comments on literature but his way of expressing them is still *highly* amusing.
Zevrubná deníková filipika (nejen) o Polsku a Gombrowiczovi, kterou je dobré číst formou "co (tý)den to jeden záznam". Ano, padají tu jak na běžícím páse v našich luzích a hájích neznámá jména a události, ale jelikož o ně tu nejde, tak jsou překvapivě o poznání méně na škodu než by jeden čekal.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Gombrowicz is one of the most extraordinary writers I've encountered in a long time. Only a truly disciplined musician can play Free Jazz, Don Cherry used to say, and such a musician is Gombrowizc in his Diaries. The sense of structure of a Bach combined with an hallucinatory madness which at the same time is perceptive as an incision--the wildly laughing gallows humor, the continual experimentations--a one man band of meta literatures, meta critiques, meta theories being juggled like so many or ...more
Matt T
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Esteban Galarza
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me llevó unos años leer el Diario de Gombrowicz y mentirías si digo que todo fue igual de disfrutable. Por momentos de hecho sentía quedar afuera de toda reflexión o discusión que hiciera, sobre todo en cuanto pelea tuviese con autores de Polonia. Luego su juicio sobre movimientos políticos los sentía acartonados, naif y desactualizados (hoy ya no creemos en ese marxismo y tan enquistado en un bloque de mal y demostró tener inclusive más aristas que el fascismo). Entonces aparecen las bromas, la ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Twój Cichy Wielbiciel
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gombrowicz was a genius. Don't read it.
Guido Eekhaut
The man is insupportable, but he's a critical and almost iconic writer, part of the 20th century literary corpus. In this book (Dutch edition of his diaries) he takes us mainly through Argentina and later Europe, as an almost forgotten cult writer.
Piotr Krawczyk
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narcyz o narcyzmie, oczywiście najwiecej o swoim narcyzmie. O sobie, o sztuce, o ludziach, o literaturze, o polityce. Znakomitym językiem, konsekwentnie, spójnie. Stężenie Gąbrowicza w jego dzienniku jest tak duże, że aż przyjemne. Niezwykle odświeżająca i pobudzająca lektur. Wciąż bardzo aktualna.
Gosia Koroluk
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ukochany wieśniak z sandomierskiego.
Alexis Charitos
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One word: Amazing!
Tim Smith
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Critics, I will help you in determining why Ferdydurke is existential: because man is created by people and because people mutually form themselves.
Joris Rycken
Oct 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, niet uitgelezen. Pedant intellectueel snobistische filosofie. Het onomstreden hoog niveau is; vrees ik, niet aan mij besteed...
Alfredo Bojórquez
Hermoso, mi primera lectura del autor.
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leo este fantástico Diario no en esta edición, sino en la de El cuenco de plata. Seix Barral ha empeorado tanto la edición de sus libros que no merece la pena gastarse los 55 euros que cuesta en este libro. Porque es un libro que leerás muchas veces en tu vida, y necesitarás que las páginas no se desencadenen, la tinta no se corra y que huela bien, a buen libro. El cuenco de plata da esto. Y son 37 euros.

Imprescindible para ser más persona, sobre todo en estos tiempos de dictadura de la opinión
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The guide to the deterioration of noble culture in the mid 20th century. Gombrowicz esteems greatness from his fellow Pols, yet he encounters the woeful posturings of meretricious sell outs. This book helps us navigate our own modern decay and offers glimmers of hope for what could and should be.

"We are not the direct heirs of past greatness or insignificance, intelligence or stupidity, virtue or sin and each person is responsible only for himself. Each is himself."
Ivan Cingel
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best thing ever written.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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: ...more

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