Witold Gombrowicz


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Noun1.Witold Gombrowicz - Polish author (1904-1969)
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Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz.
While tracing Borges' skepticism about individual identity to his precursor Macedonio Fernandez, whose radical humor, puns and manifesto-like pronouncements posit the idea of the self as a mere illusion, Borinsky reads the life and works of the writers in her study as "fictions of authenticity." In Witold Gombrowicz, for example, she finds, more than a foreign writer, a thinker of exile.
Among these was the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz, who arrived for what he thought would be a short visit, was stranded during the Second World War, and eventually remained for more than two decades.
He then examines the writings of Witold Gombrowicz as a pre-cursor to postmodern (particularly Foucauldian) conceptions of forms of pressure, dominance, and control in language and art.
In literature, the existential space of modernism is well-described in the works of Thomas Stearns Eliot and Witold Gombrowicz (on Gombrowicz and modernity, see, e.g., Goddard).
Parallel to the picture of displacement set by her grandfather and his samovar in Buenos Aires is the story of Witold Gombrowicz, the celebrated Polish writer who came to Argentina in 1939 on a book tour and found he could not return to his native Warsaw.
"You speak French so well, it is uncanny, even unhealthy," says his friend Witold Gombrowicz, the great Polish novelist.