Ferdydurke In this bitterly funny novel by the renowned Polish author Witold Gombrowicz a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to chil

In this bitterly funny novel by the renowned Polish author Witold Gombrowicz a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to childishness Originally published in Poland in 1937 Ferdydurke became an instant literary sensation and catapulted the young author to fame Deemed scandalous and subversive byIn this bitterly funny novel by the renowned Polish author Witold Gombrowicz a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to childishness Originally published in Poland in 1937 Ferdydurke became an instant literary sensation and catapulted the young author to fame Deemed scandalous and subversive by Nazis Stalinists and the Polish Communist regime in turn the novel as well as all of Gombrowicz s other works was officially banned in Poland for decades It has nonetheless remained one of the most influential works of twentieth century European literature.Ferdydurke is translated here directly from the Polish for the first time Danuta Borchardt deftly captures Gombrowicz s playful and idiosyncratic style and she allows English speakers to experience fully the masterpiece of a writer whom Milan Kundera describes as one of the great novelists of our century Extravagant brilliant disturbing brave funny wonderful Long live its sublime mockery Susan Sontag from the foreword A masterpiece of European modernism Susan Sontag ushers this new translation into print with a strong and useful foreword calling Gombrowicz s tale extravagant brilliant disturbing brave funny wonderful And it is Publishers Weekly Witold Gombrowicz 1904 1969 wrote three other novels Trans Atlantyk Pornografia and Cosmos which together with his plays and his three volume Diary

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  1. Witold Marian Gombrowicz August 4, 1904 in Ma oszyce, 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 BiographyGombrowicz was born in Ma oszyce, in Congress Poland, Russian Empire to a wealthy gentry family He was the youngest of four children of Jan and Antonina n e Kotkowska In 1911 his family moved to Warsaw After completing his education at Saint Stanislaus Kostka s Gymnasium in 1922, he studied law at Warsaw University in 1927 he obtained a master s degree in law Gombrowicz spent a year in Paris where he studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales although he was less than diligent in his studies his time in France brought him in constant contact with other young intellectuals He also visited the Mediterranean.When he returned to Poland he began applying for legal positions with little success In the 1920s he started writing, but soon rejected the legendary novel, whose form and subject matter were supposed to manifest his worse and darker side of nature Similarly, his attempt to write a popular novel in collaboration with Tadeusz K pi ski turned out to be a failure At the turn of the 20 s and 30 s he started to write short stories, which were later printed under the title Memoirs Of A Time Of Immaturity From the moment of this literary debut, his reviews and columns started appearing in the press, mainly in the Kurier Poranny Morning Courier He met with other young writers and intellectuals forming an artistic caf society in Zodiak and Ziemia ska, both in Warsaw The publication of Ferdydurke, his first novel, brought him acclaim in literary circles.Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Gombrowicz took part in the maiden voyage of the Polish cruise liner, Chrobry, to South America When he found out about the outbreak of war in Europe, he decided to wait in Buenos Aires till the war was over, but was actually to stay there until 1963 often, especially during the war, in great poverty.At the end of the 1940s Gombrowicz was trying to gain a position among Argentine literary circles by publishing articles, giving lectures in Fray Mocho caf , and finally, by publishing in 1947 a Spanish translation of Ferdydurke written with the help of Gombrowicz s friends, among them Virgilio Pi era Today, this version of the novel is considered to be a significant literary event in the history of Argentine literature however, when published it did not bring any great renown to the author, nor did the publication of Gombrowicz s drama lub in Spanish The Wedding, El Casamiento in 1948 From December 1947 to May 1955 Gombrowicz worked as a bank clerk in Banco Polaco, the Argentine branch of PeKaO SA Bank In 1950 he started exchanging letters with Jerzy Giedroyc and from 1951 he started having works published in the Parisian journal Culture, where, in 1953, fragments of Dziennik Diaries appeared In the same year he published a volume of work which included the drama lub The Wedding and the novel Trans Atlantyk, where the subject of national identity on emigration was controversially raised After October 1956 four books written by Gombrowicz appeared in Poland and they brought him great renown despite the fact that the authorities did not allow the publication of Dziennik Diaries , and later organized

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  1. There is nothing that the mature hate , there is nothing that disgusts them , than immaturity writes Gombrowicz in this comic masterpiece of Polish literature Be prepared to embrace your immaturity as Gombrowicz attacks so called maturity and exposes it as a fraud in this story about an aspiring author who is reduced to back to his childish teenage self before a former professor and brought back to school This first novel of his was banned by the Nazi s and Communist parties for it s stinging cr [...]

  2. Ferdydurke is some sort of abracadabra and the novel can be defined as an absurdist abstraction Mankind is accursed because our existence on this earth does not tolerate any well defined and stable hierarchy, everything continually flows, spills over, moves on, everyone must be aware of and be judged by everyone else, and the opinions that the ignorant, dull, and slow witted hold about us are no less important than the opinions of the bright, the enlightened, the refined This is because man is p [...]

  3. Gere inden fazla de erliB yle yazd m g ren kitab n yazar buna da iki c mle dizerdi.Kitaplar n baz lar vard r ki, mimarisi g zel bir ok kat olan meskenlere benzerler, hangi katta oturmak istedi iniz size ba l.Fakat en stteki katlar modernitenin size sundu u g rsellik karma as ndan dolay sizi yan lt r, bir eylerin sahibi oldu unuzu ve o kunlu un suni hissiyat n size tatt r r Halbuki alttaki derinli e indik e bekleyenler, sizi a rtacakt r te b yle bir kitap olan ferdydurke nin katlar n indik e ba k [...]

  4. I didn t like this book I didn t hate it either If I could have given it two and a half stars I would have I liked the premise Parts of it were interesting, and I think I got what he was doing with the work, but it just never gelled for me Maybe if I had read it straight through without taking a bit of a break with reading a history book I might have enjoyed it , but by about page 200 the whole book felt like work For example I was on the bus, and I had the choice between reading this book or st [...]

  5. I remember a song from my youth one we played on record players before households had stereos A time when said record players still had a setting for 78 rpm, which is what we had to use to play this tune One of those childhood memories which never really goes away A song that was already old when we started listening to it.We was out in California one time, And we wandered lookin for a room, and this mad hotel, And we got upstairs and opened the door and turned on the lights, And there on the mi [...]

  6. Good grief, I ve got a copy of this somewhere that I must have liberated from a second hand bookshop years ago and which I am fairly sure has long since gone the way of all books although it is hard for me to tell as much of my life is in semi storage to varying degrees.An odd story Not Mloda Polska thanks to the correction in comments but a product of the inter war period A man is taken out of adult life and made to live as a child, he is forced to return to school and given foster parents to l [...]

  7. Ak l almaz bir eylerin anti manifestosu ve ayn zamanda s ra d bir manifesto Neler oldu unu ve olan eylerin neden oldu unu, kimin neyi ve neyin kimi temsil etti ini, hangi kelimenin hangi anlamlara gelip, hangilerinin hangi anlamlara gelmedi ini zmeye al rken kitap da bitiyor G zleri p rtlek okuyucu elinde bitmi bir kitapla ve bir s r anlam n kaybetmi , yamulmu , erimi ve ezilip b z lm , tersine d nm soru i areti ile ba ba a kal yor Anlayabilene a k olsun

  8. Bir saniyecik bile olsun, yapmay becerebildi im kadar yla bile, ak ll ca konu am yordum nk ta rada bir doktorun beni aptal belledi ini ve dolay s yla benden aptall klar bekledi ini biliyordum Bir sabah korkulu r yalar ndan devcileyin bir b cek olarak uyanan gregor Samsa dan yirmi y l uzaktay z Yer Polonya, tarihler 1937 yi g steriyor ve Gombrowicz Ferdydurke yi yay nl yor Zaman ve mekan nemli, sava n ve Polonya n n i galinin hemen ng nlerindeyiz Avrupa, Du e ve F hrer lerin velhas l b y k adamla [...]

  9. Ferdydurke appeared in Germany without commentary to explain briefly what it is about thus some critics and readers did not know where to begin.I think about the basic assumptions of Ferdydurke regarding criticism and I can endorse them without reservation There are enough innocent works that enter life looking as if they did not know that they would be raped by a thousand idiotic assessments To avoid this kind of assessment I decided to let Witold Gombrowicz speak about Ferdydurke himself Every [...]

  10. Witold Gombrowicz 1904 1969 is considered as one of the most important literary figures in Poland Ferdydurke was his first novel and he published this in 1937 when he was 33 years old Two years after its publication Russian invaded Poland and turned it into a communist country Poland subsequently banned this book so Gombrowicz hid in Argentina and France.Ferdydurke is a darkly satirical comedy that is considered modernist The main protagonist and the narrator of the story, Joey Kawalski is a 30 [...]

  11. Comments and reviews on this classic of interwar Polish absurdism seem to oscillate between adoration and ambivalence This actually makes some kind of sense as my own reactions oscillated somewhat between those poles, even as I read it Because for all of the rebellious wit and satiric insight on display throughout the novel, despite the excellence and memorable quotability of so many individual lines, there s also something very wordy and over analyzed about this Polish new wave filmmaker Jerzy [...]

  12. Another one of my all time favorites Gombrowicz modernist masterpiece, his first novel, came out in the 1930 s, causing a brief literary sensation only weeks before his native Poland was invaded by the Nazis The author fled to South America and since Europe had other things on its mind in the coming years both author and book were pretty much forgotten Gombrowicz was rediscovered however amid the renewed experimentation of the 1960 s, and enjoyed a renaissance in his lifetime, after decades of o [...]

  13. Ferdydurke nin 1937 deki ilk bask s Bruno Schulz un izimini yapt kapak ile yay mlanm Schulz, Ferdydurke i in Freud ve Proust un yap tlar na e de er bir yap t diyor Schulz ok bilinmiyor olsa da, Kafka kadar sa lam bir referans.Sanat , aileyi, e itim sistemini, a k , yedi imiz yeme i, kar kt m z sava , benimsedi imiz rolleri yani imdilerde de er olarak isimlendirdi imiz her eyi ele tiren, komik, s rad , diline al lmas zaman alan, biraz Otomatik Portakal tad nda bir roman Banyoya girmeden nce, dimd [...]

  14. I can t remember why I decided to read this book, but it has been on my pending list for about two years now I questioned a Polish friend about it fairly extensively luckily he didn t get annoyed, which I probably would if someone started to pester me about Dickens simply because I m British, which is essentially what I was doing and he said that I would probably enjoy it because I have a sick brain I decided to take this as both a compliment and a recommendation rolled into one, and I m glad I [...]

  15. Imagina que est s a dormir e enquanto dormes vais escrevendo tudo o que sonhas sem dar grande import ncia forma ou estrutura O Ferdydurque isso, mas tamb m mais no sentido que faz pensar no absurdo, na sua import ncia, e at que ponto a dita normalidade n o por si um grande absurdo de sobreviv ncia Publicado pela primeira vez h 80 anos, continuar por muitos mais a desafiar todos quanto se identifiquem e apreciem a aud cia e a extravag ncia liter ria.

  16. Where has this book been all my life Gombrowicz might be a 20th century version of Swift It s all fart jokes and nose picking until you realize it s actually one of the smartest books you ve ever read But be warned if you come looking only for the fart jokes and nose picking, you could easily be disappointed Many reviewers, perhaps misled by Susan Sontag s introduction, and Gombrowicz s own much later statements, suggest that this is a book in praise of immaturity and damnation of adults Certain [...]

  17. Hoo, boy How does once approach a work that, the moment you touch it, dissolves into all manner of mugs, attitudes, and outright wackiness This is my first work by Witold Gombrowicz, and I am mightily impressed by it but I must retain my perspective Or like, Joe Kowalski, the narrator, I will be entrapped and dealt the pupa What is this pupa It seems to be everywhere As I understand it, it s the fulcrum of a boy s immaturity, centered in his butt, from which radiates all the craziness in the wor [...]

  18. The curse and joy of returning to one s youth with all of one s thirty something literary grown man cultural baggage intact Lovely, troubling, a punk rock slap in the face to all our feigned adulthood, seriousness, and sobriety A rather serious lark I disagree with Susan Sontag s introduction, however Gombrowicz s presentation of youthful extravagance, tension, and conflict is a far cry from modern American popular culture s re presentation of youth as some sort of white bread yesteryear of tame [...]

  19. Gombrowicz is a useful author than anything else This book, for example, gives you an idea immaturity and then shows you how it can be used to systematically dismantle every system of meaning you might come across People complain about philosophical novels, but philosophy here doesn t mean argument, or logic like following an intuited form as it grows and surprises.

  20. Add insane linguistic acrobatics to Kafka s and Charms minimal surrealism and you ve got yourself Gombrowicz s Ferdydurke.

  21. Crazy, brilliant, and frustrating novel from the 1930 s by this mad Polish author The basic theme question idea is do we possess an identity outside of what people think of us or are we mostly shaped by society s perception of who we are As all language and all interactions we have with others is little than mediated societal convention, is there any room to express who we really are Anyway, the story involves a thirty something author Gombrowicz who, up to now, has produced a single book about [...]

  22. Ferdydurke is a novel that often times just seems like sorta funny nonsense, and other times like a philosophical take on the importance of immaturity as fuel for creativity.The premise of the story is that our protagonist is somehow regressed into a teenager all though he still looks like a 30 year oldeverybody just seems to overlook that In school his classmates debate over purity vs vulgarity as the ultimate expression of immaturity When he is forced to live with a family that includes a very [...]

  23. When the social norms of the old generation collides with that of the young generation,Then, By necessity the concepts of immaturity and maturity will be abducted from its semantic sphere into a distorted and forbidding relation e drift of the society into infantility and The prevailing of the kitsch as a sign of modernity, the proliferation of triviaity , banality and again triviality, all these factors will take its toll on the writers of that society And here comes the like of Gombrowicz who [...]

  24. this book is funny and cool yall, starts off like a weird celine sort of fever dream where the narrator is seeing asses in the sky and then the fever dream turns real omg lots of funny stuff like a making faces contest, a fight between analysis and synthesis and about 20 pages spent on athletic schoolgirls in their school girl outfits good fetish, and in 1934 may have been ahead of its time, altho perhaps the polish schoolgirl of 1934 was not wearing the pleated gingham skirt of today s fetish i [...]

  25. Ferdydurke un libro coraggioso ed anticonformista Gombrowicz perfettamente consapevole dei rischi che corre decidendo di affrontare un argomento come l immaturit , eppure lo fa con coerenza apprezzabile Nessun ammiccamento, nessuna strizzatina d occhio al lettore, nessuna intenzione di pater le bourgeois, solo la decisione dell autore di tirare dritto per la sua strada, senza schivare le difficolt , anzi decidendo di evidenziarle Si parla di immaturit , di quella del singolo e di quella della ma [...]

  26. At first I was thrilled with the book Being Polish, I guess I could see of the context And so, I was absolutely delighted by Gombrowicz s blatant opposition towards the Polish Tradition and Great Authors I went as far as to underline some passages which completely refuted the Polish Greatness.However, the further I got into the book, the I was annoyed with the slapstick humor and sickness of the author s mind Call me stiff but I just don t find a miscarried fetus funny okay, maybe there was so [...]

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