Here are two major works by the famed Polish novelist and dramatist Witold Gombrowicz. The first, Cosmos, a metaphysical thriller, revolves around an absurd. Milan Kundera called Witold Gombrowicz “one of the great novelists of our century.” His most famous novel, Cosmos, the recipient of the International Prize. Cosmos and Pornografia: Two Novels [Witold Gombrowicz, Eric Mosbacher, Alastair Hamilton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Here are.

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Modernist genius at its finest, and not for the faint of heart. Fuks is convinced the bedroom arrow points in the same direction as the dining room arrow. In this instance, our two gombeowicz are haunted by the scene, and in the ensuing days they consider the possible causes and implications of the bird lynching. Fuchs plays detective; the entire cast of characters stands around the cat discussing possible scenarios and perpetrators, then everyone adjourns to the dining room while Louis buries the cat.

But Cosmos provides a wonderful example of a genre form constructively abused by an idiosyncratic author. And yet, this is no silly little comedy. Though he worked for eight of gommbrowicz years as a bank cksmos in Buenos Aires and over time established himself in the Argentine literary world, he never made any real money. View all 15 comments. How to Be Genuinly Obsessive-Compulsive, Not Artificially So “Cosmos” is finicky, fidgety, microscopic, auto-erotic, pointless but sharp as a scratchy saw.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You a subject, a consciousness begin to notice hints of repetition and pattern; you look for other instances of the pattern in the chaotic flux of sensation; and eventually cowmos decide the pattern is real.

The other force is the desire or gaze of the other.

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A disturbing, almost claustrophobic quality pervades the work, and many readers will be deterred by the sheer tedium which ensues when arbitrary details take on such a central role in a novel. The Enticement Witold approached me in the park today. Witold Gombrowiczthe distinguished Polish author who was short listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature in for “Cosmos” and “Diary” and cosmod other fiction, said this about literary criticism: Leo confesses that he brought everyone to this place, not for the view night is falling anyway but to celebrate the anniversary of the one supreme sexual encounter of his life, with a cook in the woods nearby when he was a young man.


I got into this book much more than Cosmos.

It draws the mind but is baffling. This becomes the climactic scene of the novel.

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May 27, Jennifer rated it really liked it. What’s the difference between a “meaningful connection” and “paranoia”? In CosmosGombrowicz inverts structure, places imagery, repetition and cross-reference in the foreground and diminishes the plot; in fact, the plot is a bit nonsensical in conventional terms, truncated, frustrated, and parodic.

At least cosmo is. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Its little head was bent and its gimbrowicz wide open. The two men, Witold and Fuks, looking for a retreat from their daily reality in Warsaw, come across a dead sparrow.

Cosmos and Pornografia: Two Novels

He kills and hangs the cat. Gombrowicz is nothing if not very funny.

Through this sleuthing, the reader is invited into the feverish mind of Wiltold the narrator to question the nature of signs and deciphering symbols from randomness.

It gives me a headache, and I’m actually not sure I enjoyed it all that much, but it’s certainly a thinker. Danuta Borchardt’s new Ggombrowicz translation is the first to come directly from Cosmos ‘ original Polish.

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He dazzles with a freakishly dark humor and a head-spinning linguistic acrobatics. Strange but not wondrously strange. Leo, under the watchful eye of his bank manager and his wife, retreats into a set of tiny, rebellious rituals and masturbation. In trying to find out what things mean, at what point do they go from observing to concluding to ascribing? Sparrow hanging in senseless success. English Choose a language for shopping.


Questo loro disegno crolla miseramente quando vengono coinvolti nella follia che volevano scongiurare. The first book has especially followed me around. From a wide variety of possible explanations, we narrow down to one definitive answer. Clues being that which deviates from what we perceive to be the norm; the “C’est un cauchemar!

The Nazis invaded Poland and after them, the Soviets and Gombrowicz found himself in Argentina speaking no Spanish and with no money. Witold chokes on all of these questions. Handicapped by my preference for more conventional work, I had to work to read “Cosmos”.

The resulting order of things is as comically absurd as it is horrific. A fetish is a sign of only itself; it is the feeling it creates.

The book seems to me to be located at an intersection of Dostoevsky, Camus, and Mann. Why did I even read them? Fetishism is a slippery slope. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Find the killer, save the damsel, save the world, figure out how everything works, live happily ever after. At some point, the deviation becomes the norm; as Frank Zappa once said, gpmbrowicz played wrong twice in a row is a new arrangement”.

The perpetrator must be there among them, they conclude, but whenever a sense of certainty hits, both retreat to the acknowledgment that what they are investigating could be meaningless. View all 50 comments. None at all, Witold reassured. Come chiamare storia questo continuo … addensarsi e disfarsi … di elementi gombrowlcz Un passero impiccato, una freccia sul muro, un labbro femminile deformato, un gatto strangolato, le mani di una timida ragazza, un albero preso a martellate.

It is after all only gojbrowicz the search for meaning?