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Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz
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Sep 10, 2012

really liked it

If ever there was a more fitting title!

I felt like a voyeur the entire time I read this, seeing through the shifting perspective of the narrator the beauty of youth and the horror of corruption. I kept trying to apply a nice, neat grad school term to describe the story and its philosophic digressions, but Gombrowicz's book proved elusive in this regard. Yeah, two urban intellectuals retreat to the Polish countryside and, bored as hell, become obsessed with two youths and scheme to orchestrate their seduction, destroying a courtship in the process. Then things get really weird, but the temptation to say that this is about urbanity destroying the bucolic or the ways in which youth gets sullied by experience seems trite. Screw it: the book can defy these ideas for all I care. I'm off to read the Diary next.

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