Witold Gombrowicz

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Gombrowicz, Witold


Born Aug. 4, 1904, in Malo-szyce, near Opatów. Polish writer.

Gombrowicz began publishing in the I930’s. The novella Ferdydurke (1938). in which Gombrowicz has clearly broken with the realistic tradition, is well known. Psychological observations are presented on a fantastic, grotesque plane. The portrayal of stereotypes of the behavior and thought of a particular milieu (aristocracy, petite bourgeoisie, school) develops into a conception of the unnatural quality of human relations in general and of the inevitability of all kinds of “masks” and “poses” and pessimistically denies reality. After World War II. Gombrowicz chose to remain an émigré and became an ardent opponent of the People’s Poland.


Ferdydurke. Warsaw, 1957.


Sandauer, A. Dla każdego coś przykrego. Krakow. 1966.


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