Sorry, I just like saying his name, even though I have no idea what to do with that consonant cluster at the end. If I ever learn another language, it just might be Polish. This is somewhere between a whim and a resolution. Its a whimsolution. Anyway, Gombrowicz This story is well known in certain circles, but its biographically inescapable.
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Witold Gombrowicz Witold Gombrowicz. Wydawnictwo Literackie. These are highly stylized diaries that present an egocentric writer for whom independence and authenticity are the highest values. Gombrowicz is a writer who pretends to ignore history, discarding any allegiance to the humanistic or patriotic ideals upheld by many of his illustrious fellow writers. In other words, Kronos provides a sketchy biographical background to the private Gombrowicz.
In later years, his financial situation greatly improves, but then his health becomes an everyday concern. From Kronos it becomes clear that while Gombrowicz loathed Polish nationalism and eschewed patriotism, what saved him from destitution in Buenos Aires was his job at Banco Polaco, obtained in mid— Finally, when in , thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, Gombrowicz left South America for Paris and Berlin and became a writer appreciated all over Europe, he acquired the means to settle in Vence, in southern France.
But the notes in Kronos make it clear that in the last five years of his life Gombrowicz struggled just to stay alive: when he had enough money to live in style and married a much younger French Canadian woman, he also had to prepare for slowly approaching death. Kronos is illuminating in another respect, too. Gombrowicz was bisexual, and in the Polish half of his life females dominated as casual sexual partners, though mainly in the form of prostitutes and serving maids.
Kronos also reveals the secret that Witold Gombrowicz was treated through many years for venereal disease, though it was not eventually the cause of his death. It is not an easy read but is full of relevant information for the literary historian or for special fans of Gombrowicz. The text is accompanied by a large number of photographs, many of them from the archives of Rita Gombrowicz.
Dziennik (Witold Gombrowicz)
In an autobiographical piece, A Kind of Testament, he wrote that his family had lived for years in Lithuania on an estate between Vilnius and Kaunas but were displaced after his grandfather was accused of participating in the January Uprising of He was less than diligent in his studies, but his time in France brought him in constant contact with other young intellectuals. He also visited the Mediterranean. When Gombrowicz returned to Poland he began applying for legal positions with little success.
Witold Gombrowicz Witold Gombrowicz. Wydawnictwo Literackie. These are highly stylized diaries that present an egocentric writer for whom independence and authenticity are the highest values. Gombrowicz is a writer who pretends to ignore history, discarding any allegiance to the humanistic or patriotic ideals upheld by many of his illustrious fellow writers.
Dziennik (Witold Gombrowicz)
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