T always in accordance with some artificial form painfully thrust upon him from without ither by people or by circumstances He will then dread that form of his and feel ashamed of it much as he had thus far idolized and flaunted it We will soon fear our persons and our personalities because it will become apparent that they are by no means truly our own And instead of roaring I believe in this I feel it that s how I am I m ready to defend it we will say in all humility Maybe I believe in it maybe I feel it I happened to say it to do it or to think it The bard will scorn his own song And so must the hypocrite reader scorn himself in the Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants end WG teaches us that for all our desire for wholeness and unity we have nothing but our mugs the faces we pull our fists and our blasted infantile yearnings while our blessed immaculatley conceived Arts are nothing but poses andor an assembly of irreconcilable parts Then hends by farting in our general direction Because there is no Uncommon Leadership: How to Build Competitive Advantage by Thinking Differently escape from the mug other than into another mug and from a human being one can only take shelter in the arms of another human being From the pupa however there is absolutely noscape Chase me if you want I m running away mug in my handsIt s the nd what a gasAnd who s read it is an ass Like I said no stars Or as many as you want fellow Yahoos mine to throw at it Like so much feces Or whatever Whee 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 subseuently 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 yo writer His professor hypnotizes him and under the spell turns him back to his teenage years and a high school pupil At that stage Gombrowicz makes references to a pupa As the plot unfolds he xperiences again all the angst franks bullying and sexual awakening including reliving his first love of an adolescent In telling the story of Joey s life Gombrowicz Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems explores identity and cultural s and the shaping of people s lives by form The prose is playful but I just could not understand many of the things mentioned which I guess based on the information in the first paragraph are attacks to the Poland political and societallites or maybe to the communist run government There are brilliant parts Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework especially when Joey suddenly shifts from first person narration to directly addressing his reader It is also my first time to laugh at thend of the novel upon reading this line It s the nd what a gasAnd who s read it is an ass Imagine reading 281 pages of this book and missing maybe third of what it says then being referred to as an ass ha haBottomline for its historical perspective and for sampling an important Polish novel it s a *worthwhile read No regrets reading this at all I didn t like this book I *read No regrets reading this at all I didn t like this book I t hate it ither 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 Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities enjoyed it but by about page 200 the whole book felt like work Forxample I was on the bus and I had the choice between reading this book or starting straight ahead at the darkness through the tinted windows only slightly broken up by passing street lights that illuminated almost nothing for me and I choose the staring straight ahead after reading half a page Reading doesn t usually feel like work to me so that s got to say something Maybe I was just in a staring mood that day Actually fuck it any book that makes me want to stare at nothing rather than read it deserves two stars I will not let myself be pushed aroun 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 mbrace your immaturity as Gombrowicz attacks so called maturity and xposes 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 criticisms on society
And Authority Gombrowicz Toysauthority Gombrowicz toys the absurbed as he delivers a hilarious blend of comedy political and social satire literature and psychological critiue and the uestion of identity all while Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between exposing man as an immature beingWhile Gombrowicz is considered a major figure in Polish and Eastern European literature and his first novel Ferdydurke is considered one of his foremost novels it wasn t until the later stages of his career however that Gombrowicz s genius became widely recognized A major factor of this is due to a fateful trip to Buenos Aires on theve of WWII Upon arrival he discovered Hitler had invaded Poland and chose to remain abroad working in a bank owned by another Polish The Day Christ Was Born expatriate and did not return to Europe until the 60 s He died in 1969 during a lecture tour onxistentialism and was buried in VenceGombrowicz was a major inspiration and influence on me in my 20s He was the first author I turned to during my whole I m in my 20s and need to figure out my identity so I should read the works. Lly 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 xperience fully the masterpiece of a writer whom Milan Kundera describes as one of the great novelists of our century Extravagant brilliant disturbing brave funny wonder. ,
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I didn t finish it well I did read it it finished me SoNR No RatingA first for me this No Rating And though my index finger twitches on my mouse dying to rate it if it but could but how could it How can anyone s index finger click on any rating It almost begs to be given one star cos Oh my GR systematizers how can you I or anyone like or like this book So one star should work cos not only did I did not like it occur here it is objectively speaking now positively unlikeable and designed to be thus It has been crafted so as to be puerile in its lampooning of puerility infantile in its aping of infantility callow in its critiue of callowness and unbelievably silly in its refusal to refuse unbelievable silliness Go ahead you ass this book commands go ahead and give me one pooping star smack me a good one right in the pupa an untranslatable word one that invades your readerly space xactly 96 times in the novel though that number seems far far lower than it should believe me but roughly it means ass or toosh I dare you I beg you I disdain you Pupa pupa Pupas pupas Whee Whee Whee And so on not an The Seventh Witch exact uote but you get the pictureBut nor this book would cease mocking you if nodding sagely like a Prof as you read it stroking your scholarly chin as you congratulated your mature self on congratulating this novel for its zany immaturity telling yourself when you gasp for breath over the finish line I have not yet recovered my own that you are giving it the full five stars that its indubitable canonicity deserves But It was Amazing How onarth could it be amazing unless you were told that it had to be amazing because it has amazed so many others before you that if you did not find it amazing there is simply something wrong with you and your capacity to be amazed and not with this novel or anti novel which is also an anti anti novel and its capacity to amaze you you ass If you are credulous And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake enough to be amazed by this you d probably be amazed by pretty much anything wouldn t you And that would make youither a callow puerile infantile or silly or all of the above Like meSeriously though if reading those first two paragraphs annoyed you Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America even remotely as much as it annoyed me to write them boy are you in for a treat with this blasted book I read it cos I am making it a project to read or re readverything that Milan Kundera raves about and so far he s been an The Pocket Wife excellent guide toxcellence Cervantes Fielding Sterne Flaubert Broch Kafka and the bits of Musil that I have read have not disappointed Did Ferdydurke disappoint though Absolutely Can I see why Kundera lauds it so Kinda though I can certainly spot the influence the disenchantment of the soul and the tyranny of the body a distrust of the culture of youth the tension between seriousness and laughter The Color of Our Sky etc But for the life of me I cannot picture MK re reading this book as clever as it may or may not be OK part of me says see para 2 must surely be it just does not promise to reward too close a reading let alone multiple readings I d wagerFor me the best bits were the most serious and theoretical the two Prefaces to stories that are bundled in with the rest of the text Don t get me wrong though cose these Prefaces are still really really silly but they seem to approach if not affirm coherence and dare I say it wholeness at times PK a wholeness of parts of assembled fragments a wholeness at least in the sense thatvery book has some kind of cover and binding And I recommend repetition as the method for nhancing the vigor of your work
by systematically repeating certain phrases situations and parts I intensify them thereby heightening the impression of uniformity of Style To The Point Of Near Mania to the point of near mania s by means of repetition repetition that mythology is most readily created Take note however that this construction from particles is not a mere construction it is actually an ntire philosophy which I ll present here in the frivolous and frothy form of a carefree magazine article But what do you think tell me in your opinion doesn t the reader assimilate parts only and only partly at that He reads a part or a piece of it then stops only to resume reading another piece later and as so often happens he starts from the middle or from the nd then backtracks to the beginning uite often he ll read a *Couple Of Segments Then *of segments then the book aside not because he has lost interest in it but because something lse came to his mind And Cabaret: A Roman Riddle even if he were to read the whole do you think that he can visualize it in itsntirety and appreciate the relationship and harmony of its individual parts unless he hears it from an xpert Is it for this that an author toils for years cuts his material and bends it into shape tears it apart and patches it up again sweats and agonizes over it so that an xpert may tell the reader that its construction is good 70Though his tongue is firmly in his own pupa here the serious minded reader in us can almost make out something in it no No Unlike say in the bizarre sub Candide picaresuing about of the hero as he is transformed from a normal thirty year old into a seventeen year old schoolboy who is subjected to inane adventures at school at the home of his landlord and I think Cos near the nd of this Festival of the Id it became hard to tell in search of an abducted farmhand And then A Retreat I have a hunch but I don t know whether my lips should confess it now that the time for a Universal Retreat is at hand The son of arth will henceforth understand that he is not xpressing himself in harmony with his deepest being bu. 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 by Nazis Stalinists and the Polish Communist regime in turn the novel as well as all of Gombrowicz's other works was officia. ,Because By Systematically Repeating Certain
From the country of my ancestors bit veryone goes through Even after having read a lot of Polish authors something I still try to read at least one of a year he is the one I always turn back to and reflect most highly upon along with Olga Tokarczuk He was openly bisexual and a leftist outspoken against politics in general ardently against nationalism and wrote many of his novels while working a menial job in a bank and hiding the manuscripts under the register This is the sort of thing that really resonated with me as a persona but the humor and directness of his social criticism in his works inspired me and xpanded my thinkingThe translation of this novel as the introduction will pound into your head attempted to maintain Gombrowicz style and nuances as best as possible This includes using a variety of diminutives and not translating certain key phrases including many of the Latin and french idioms that would have been intentionally left untranslated in it s native polish This choice also gives us a great new word that you will use constantly probably to the annoyance of others after this novel the pupa The pupa is a very ncompassing word that most often literally means the butt Yes assess play a large part of this novel There are hilarious bits of mommy s and aunties peeping through holes in the fence around the playground to talk amongst ach other about what cute little pupas pupas pupas our little darlings have The pupa is used very freely often times standing in for various ideas of immaturity and youth This novel is teeming with immaturity symbolism so keep a sharp ye outThis novel is a perfect blend of high brow and low brow humor It s as if Frasier and Monty Python got together for a social satire aimed at intellectuals The novel is basically split into three parts The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis each with a break from the story for Gombrowicz to discuss literature and tell side stories that offer further insight into the novel s themesthe short story of The Child Runs Deep in Filidor wouldven be worth reading on it s own There is the school scene which pits cliues of schoolchildren against ach other creating a metaphor of Polish politics with different groups symbolizing various political parties This section showcases children trying so desperately to hard to be tough and vulgar and adult that they are simply innocent in their desire not to be innocent This brought to mind the poem Schoolchildren by Author WH Auden which I would highly recommend The teachers are also shown through the lens of Gombrowicz as being just as juvenile and foolish as their students All institutions and values and ideas that would present themselves as above the common rabble or mature comes under fire from Gombrowicz s cutting critiue He dissects the modern family with all their progressive ideas making them into a laughable fraud of immature beings posturing as respectable Cities and university s are mocked and belittled relationships are made out as foolish while peasants and specially lords get the biggest brunt of Gombrowicz s fist to the mouth of society The last scenes of this novel are incredible and very Monty Python sk in their absurbdity Even the moon in the sky becomes a giant pupa shinning down on us all You will want to call very nose a snoot and Just Cause every face or accuratelyvery identity a mug after reading this The closing lines of the story are ven a slap in the face to you the reader and you will laugh and relish in your own humiliationAs an author Gombrowicz is cunning and deft and can manipulate words with the best of them He has a brilliant insightful mind and is ager to share it *With The Reader Managing To *the reader managing to off an assumed arrogance but while being than inviting His greatest skills are his grasp on the human psyche and he manages to deconstruct human nature wonderfully In scenes where the narrator is toying with the minds of others and creating a sense of unease the reader will feel it too and Gombrowicz seemingly njoys making the reader uncomfortable as he slowly tightens the screws of his psychological terrorisms this is a theme he really xpands upon in his highly xistential novel Cosmos He laughs in the face of humanity reducing anything beyond juvenile immaturity as merely posturing a series of mpty phrases and grimaces and a false facade His lecture on being an author offer some of the finest insights into falsity in art he reflects that man too often just tries to create what others would njoy and in the nd we trap ourselves in an ocean of opinions ach one defining you within someone lse and creating you in another man s soul all because man is profoundly dependent on the reflection of himself in another man s soul be it Fiesta Moon even the soul of an idiot This is just scratching the surface of the full frontal barrage of arguments Gombrowicz throws about Let me conceive my own shape let no one do it for me he bellows This novel wholly original creates a Gombrowicz that you willnjoy through further novels I feel he achieves this lofty goalThis is one of the funniest novels I have ver read and is a wonderful satire that will reveal itself further if you put a little work into it and research some of the many
Allusions Also The CoverAlso the cover is done by none other than Bruno Schulz another incredible major figure of Polish literature Oh and Ian this is definitely Literary Comedy Gombrowicz will insult verything you know and you will love him all the for it From a human being one can only take shelter in the arms of another human being From the pupa however there is absolutely no The Taste of Night escapeA clear 55. Ful 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 have been translated into than thirty languages.