Category Archives: Trans-Atlantyk

Ars Poetica

Echoes of Gombrowicz’s Sensibility: Form and Chaos How do we come to our senses? Who are we? “…I actually thought it unseemly to pass over in silence the callow youth inside me, and I thought grown-ups far too perspicacious and … Continue reading

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Playing It by Ear: a Plea for Dramatizing the Art of Witold Gombrowicz

 The Orality of Trans-Atlantyk and Other Literatures “You are allowed to write about yourself.” Witold Gombrowicz[i] For many, many months, some years ago now, my wife and I sat together through spring-to-summer’s evenings reading the same literary work together.  We … Continue reading

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Witold Gombrowicz: Like Laurence Sterne, a Free Spirit

  A Farce, a Farce, My Kingdom for a Farce!  Try to set yourself against form, try to shake free of it.[From Witold Gombrowicz, A Kind of Testament, edited by Dominique de Roux; translated by Alastair Hamilton (Champaign, Illinois:  Dalkey … Continue reading

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On Gombrowicz’ Trans-Atlantyk

Dear Gombrowicz Lovers or Discontents: It was good to hear some remarks from you early-bird readers who have begun to tackle, to get hooked into (snagged onto?) Trans-Atlantyk and the other Gombrowiczian story (“On the Back Stairs”) and Diary passages … Continue reading

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Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz: A Right Strange Stew!

His grudge was against Poland where his works were banned, against France and Paris which had adopted him so late, against the whole world which had remained blind so long to his genius. [From Maurice Nadeau’s “Introduction” to A Kind … Continue reading

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March Selection: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk

At our March meeting we will discuss a book suggested by David Gilmour: Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk, published originally in Polish (Paris: Instytut literacki, 1953)   David recommends that we read either of the following translations: tr. by Carolyn French … Continue reading

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