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Ferdydurke is some sort of abracadabra and the novel can be defined as an absurdist abstraction Mankind is accursed because our exist I remember a song from my youth one we played on record players before households had stereos A time when said record players still had a setting for 78 rpm which is what we had to use to play this tune One of those childhood memories which never really goes away A song that was already old when we started This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World listening to itWe was out in California one time And we wanderedookin for a room and this mad hotel And we got upstairs and opened the door and turned on the Scouts lights And there on the middle of the bed sat this great big mouse eatin a onion and cryinike a baby The Three Flames 1947 here or if you prefer the banned versionSo what has this got to do with Ferdydurke Possibly nothing Maybe everything In the sense that Grombowicz s classic is about everything all the major themes art maturityimmaturity class privilege rape naivety vs idealism coming of agereverting of agereally And one can t forget the pupamake that The pupa The pupa read it you The Organ Grinders ll see And BTW the pupa one of its meanings should never be considered cute by anyone other than a parent or grandparent certainly not a priest An absurdist adventure that won t appeal to everyone but will appeal to those with a zest for the peculiar the bizarre the political andor nationaliteratures other than one s own in this case Poland Deserves reading for being banned by both the Nazis and the CommunistsAmong the many ines I iked Normality is a tightrope walker above the abyss of abnormality Reminds me of Sontag s Sanity is a cozy The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body lie I have a GR buddy who s an avid reader from Poland I share him with many of you He knows who he is Some of you know who he is Read this book I think I ve figured out whatuhhappened to him Unlike PORNOGRAFIA this takes its sweet time revving up but once the motor is cranked FERDYDURKE delivers some bizarro batshit thrills memorably unnerving encounters and genuine bellyaffs The intro essay by Susan Sontag praises its sublime mockery of all attempts to normalize desire which is spot on With its tumbling prose psychological acuity and surreal gambits the novel was so far ahead of its time that Gombrowitz included several digressions to discuss his methods and demonstrate that he knew what he was doing Often he Silver in the Wood lets these mini essays and playlets tilt toward contradiction and paradox By way of further explanation There is nothing that the mature hate there is nothing that disgusts them than immaturity writes Gombrowicz in this comic masterpiece of Polishiterature Be prepared to embrace your immaturity as Gombrowicz attacks so called maturity and exposes 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 toys with the absurbed as he delivers a hilarious blend of comedy political and social satire iterature and psychological critiue and the uestion of identity all while exposing man as an immature beingWhile Gombrowicz is considered a major figure in Polish and Eastern European iterature and his first novel Ferdydurke is considered one of his foremost novels it wasn t until the ater 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 the eve of WWII Upon arrival he discovered Hitler had invaded Poland and chose to remain abroad working in a bank owned by another Polish expatriate and did not return to Europe until the 60 s He died in 1969 during a ecture tour on existentialism 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 from the country of my ancestors bit everyone goes through Even after having read a The Second Cure lot of Polish authors something I still try to read ateast 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 Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities 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 expanded 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 intentionallyeft untranslated in it s native polish This choice also gives us a great new word that you will use constantly probably to the annoyance

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others after this the pupa The pupa is a very encompassing word that most often The Sorcerer's Apprentice literally means the butt Yes assess play aarge 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 each other about what cute Eagle's Gate little pupas pupas pupas ourittle 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 eye outThis novel is a perfect blend of high brow and World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi 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 each with a break from the story for Gombrowicz to discussiterature and tell side stories that offer further insight into the novel s themesthe short story of The Child Runs Deep in Filidor would even be worth reading on it s own There is the school scene which pits cliues of schoolchildren against each 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 tough and vulgar and 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 ens 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 aughable fraud of immature beings posturing as respectable Cities and university s are mocked and belittled relationships are made out as foolish while peasants and especially Who Is Muhammad Ali? lords get the biggest brunt of Gombrowicz s fist to the mouth of society Theast scenes of this novel are incredible and very Monty Python esk in their absurbdity Even the moon in the sky becomes a giant pupa shinning down on us all You will want to call every nose a snoot and every face or accurately every identity a mug after reading this The closing Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything lines of the story are even a slap in the face to you the reader and you willaugh 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 eager to share it with the reader managing to show 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 enjoys making the reader uncomfortable as he slowly tightens the screws of his psychological terrorisms this is a theme he really expands upon in his highly existential novel Cosmos He aughs in the face of humanity reducing anything beyond juvenile immaturity as merely posturing a series of empty phrases and grimaces and a false facade His ecture 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 enjoy and in the end we trap ourselves in an ocean of opinions each one defining you within someone else 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 even the soul of an idiot This is just scratching the surface of the full frontal barrage of arguments Gombro. 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 iterary 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. ,
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Me hard to tell in search of an abducted farmhand And then A Retreat I have a hunch but I don t know whether my ips should confess it now that the time for a Universal Retreat is at hand The son of earth will henceforth understand that he is not expressing himself in harmony with his deepest being but always in accordance with some artificial form painfully thrust upon him from without either 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 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 he ends by farting in our general direction Because there is no 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 no escape Chase me if you want I m running away mug in my handsIt s the end 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 Good grief I ve got a copy of this somewhere that I must have A Secret Kept liberated from a second hand bookshop years ago and which I am fairly sure hasong since gone the way of all books although it is hard for me to tell as much of my ife is in semi storage to varying degreesAn odd story Not Mloda Polska thanks to the correction in comments but a product of the inter war period A man is taken out of adult ife and made to ive as a child he is forced to return to school and given foster parents to ive with Naturally he is still an adult even though everybody treats him as a child There is an absurd classroom scene in which the star pupil who naturally due to the halo effect is also the most handsome is called upon by the teacher to save his esson by explaining the greatness of presumably Mickiewicz to the rest of the class who on account of being schoolboys are somewhat blockheaded this he does by declaiming that Mickiewicz is the greatest national poet because his works move us profoundly and that they move us profoundly because Mickiewicz is the greatest national poet which I suppose is true even if unenlightening and I suspect that similar things are taught to children round the world with only the name of the poet changed as appropriate to ocal circumstances The only way the narrator can escape this prison of circular Tricycle (HISTOIRE) logic is by fighting back and upsetting as many apple carts as possible chiefly achieved by turning schoolife and the household of his foster parents upside down In one scene he hopes to achieve this by convincing his foster parents that something scandalous is going on in their teen aged daughter s bedroom there he opens one cupboard to reveal I believe the aforementioned pretty schoolboy result happiness on the part of the parents such a relationship is at east appropriate even if plainly over actively indulged in so the narrator is forced to open a second cupboard revealing the school teacher result complete outrage and confusion This reminds me of how a former chief inspector of schools on the podium of a teacher conference once said that he felt relationships between teachers and pupils were educative which I suppose from a broad point of view they would be since all relationships are but which rather suggested that the chief inspector had so over indulged in Plato as to oose touch with the Zeitgeist and that if you put some people up on a podium in front of a crowd there is no knowing what will fall out of their mouthsA fable ought to end with a moral but I ve forgotten mine Ferdydurke appeared in Germany without commentary to explain briefly what it is about thus some critics and readers did not know where to beginI think about the basic assumptions of Ferdydurke regarding criticism and I can endorse them without reservation There are enough innocent works that enter Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell lifeooking as endorse them without reservation There are enough innocent works that enter Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts lifeooking as they did not know that they would be raped by a thousand idiotic assessmentsTo avoid this kind of assessment I decided to Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind let Witold Gombrowicz speak about Ferdydurke himself Everything youl read or have already read in this review except for this paragraph and the very Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus last one Iifted from his Diary Forgive me WGIn Ferdydurke two oves fight with each other two strivings the striving for maturity and the striving for eternally rejuvenating immaturity This book is the image of the battle for the maturity of someone who is in ove with his own immaturityAs ong as you understand Ferdydurke as a battle with convention it will trot calmly down the well beaten path but if you understand that man creates himself with another man in the sense of the wildest debauchery Ferdydurke will neigh and eap forward as if you had jabbed it with a spur carrying you off into the realm of the Unpredictable Ferdydurke is a form element than a form conventionI had crossed Ferdydurke out of my KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! life Now I read it againine after ine and its words meant nothing to me The nothingness of words The nothingness of ideas problems styles attitudes the nothingness of art Words words wordsFerdydurke is a book that is unusually difficult and what is is misleading and deceptiveI wrote Ferdydurke in the years 1936 37 when no one knew anything about Existentialism In spite of this Ferdydurke is existential to the marrow Critics I will help you in determining why Ferdydurke is existential because man is created by people and "because people mutually form themselves This is precisely existence and not essence Ferdydurke is existence in a vacuum that is nothing "people mutually form themselves This is precisely existence and not essence Ferdydurke is existence in a vacuum that is nothing existence That is why in this book practically all the basic themes of existentialism play fortissimo becoming creating oneself freedom fear absurdity nothingness with the single difference that in addition to the typical existential spheres of human ife ike Heidegger s banal and authentic ife Kierkegaard s aesthetic ethical and religious ife or Jaspers s spheres there is yet another sphere namely the sphere of immaturity The ending of Ferdydurke is not gratuitous I fled my face in my hands I expect the future scientific world to confirm what Ferdydurke proclaims about a distance to form and about not identifying with it Tomorrow s art the art of deformed people will rise under this signIt is not worth carrying it Tomorrow s art the art of deformed people will rise under this signIt is not worth carrying about Ferdydurke which is a circus and not a philosophyflees his face in his hands This work is icensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License Comments and reviews on this classic of interwar Polish absurdism seem to oscillate between adoration and ambivalence This actually makes some kind of sense as my own reactions oscillated somewhat between those poles even as I read it Because for all of the rebellious wit and satiric insight on display throughout the novel despite the excellence and memorable uotability of so many individual ines there s also something very wordy and over analyzed about this Polish new wave filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski did an aptly bizarre film adaptation which even with sporadic narration has a uality of fascinating inscrutability especially as to the motivations of the characters and the significance of many of their acts In the novel however everything is extensively explained and broken down into its own insane ogic As a result the novel makes a great deal of sense and as I said often conveys itself very well but takes a very Mesagerul long time to do so with any actual action reuiring pages of explication to get them off the ground And so the divided aspects of this brilliant boring notable and annoyingittle book On the other hand pages of stalling does help ramp up the absurdist tension at a couple peak scenes how Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens long will everyone stand unspeaking in the darkened house unable to make a move because of the terrible inertia of having stood around unspeaking int he dark tooong already to possibly be able to explain itFor some reason Skolimowski made this in English rather than the Polish it is so much better known in and in 1991 filming in Poland shouldn t have been restricted and not even Crispin Glover s manic turn as Mientus could find it an audience He didn t direct again for 17 years. Ful Long ive 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 anguages. ,
Wicz throws about Let me conceive my own shape et no one do it for me he bellows This novel wholly original creates a Gombrowicz that you will enjoy through further novels I feel he achieves this ofty goalThis is one of the funniest novels I have ever read and is a wonderful satire that will reveal itself further if you put a ittle work into it and research some of the many allusions Also the cover art is done by none other than Bruno Schulz another incredible major figure of Polish How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar literature Oh and Ian this is definitely Literary Comedy Gombrowicz will insult everything you know and you willove 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 escapeA clear 55 I didn t More scary stories for sleep-overs like this book I didn t hate it either If I could have given it two and a half stars I would have Iiked 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 enjoyed it but by about page 200 the whole book felt ike work For example 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 ights that illuminated almost nothing for me and I choose the staring straight ahead after reading half a page Reading doesn t usually feel Heads of the Colored People 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 notet myself be pushed around the opinions of people John Fuckdike who tell me the book is a ate modernism masterpiece This book is a failure a good idea and some interesting moments but overall the book never ives up to it s potential and the reader well that would be me thinks Rabbit Updike is a fucking idiot who once again sounds ike a paid spokesperson for a book instead of an honest critic or someone with an honest opinion Ok I ve said it I don t ike this book and I don t ike John Updike and it wasn t until I started writing this review that I even noticed he had written the blurb on the back and yes that might have given me the conviction to give this book two stars instead of three Happy now Updike Some insignificant asshole on the internet took a star away from a book you iked because his dislike of you overrode his feeling that a supposed classic couldn t just get two stars and there must be some kind of failure on his part for not getting it Now I know though that it s ok I know you probably only iked it because there are ots of ass references and you re a dirty fucking pervert who has only been able to write anything by ripping off other people Fuck you Updike Witold Gombrowicz 1904 1969 is considered as one of the most important iterary 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 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 ike or The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology like this book So one star should work cos not only did I did notike 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 Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome 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 exactly 96 times in the novel though that number seems far farower 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 exact uote but you get the pictureBut nor this book would cease mocking you if nodding sagely ike 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 ine I have not yet recovered my own that you are giving it have not yet recovered my own that you are giving it full five stars that its indubitable canonicity deserves But It was Amazing How on earth 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 enough to be amazed by this you d probably be amazed by pretty much anything wouldn t you And that would make you either a callow puerile infantile or silly or all of the above Like meSeriously though if reading those first two paragraphs annoyed you 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 read everything that Milan Kundera raves about and so far he s been an excellent guide to excellence 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 First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery 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 andaughter etc But for the ife 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 et 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 east in the sense that every book has some kind of cover and binding And I recommend repetition as the method for enhancing the vigor of your work because by systematically repeating certain words phrases situations and parts I intensify them thereby heightening the impression of uniformity of style to the point of near mania It 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 entire philosophy which I l 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 Notes from a Young Black Chef later and as so often happens he starts from the middle or from the end then backtracks to the beginning uite often hel read a couple of segments then toss the book aside not because he has ost interest in it but because something else came to his mind And even if he were to read the whole do you think that he can visualize it in its entirety and appreciate the relationship and harmony of its individual parts unless he hears it from an expert 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 expert may tell the reader that its construction is good 70Though his tongue is an expert may tell the reader that its construction is good 70Though his tongue is 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 andlord and I think Cos near the end of this Festival of the Id it beca. Lly banned in Poland for decades It has nonetheless remained one of the most influential works of twentieth century European Fantastic Fist/Mowtown: A Play-Your-Way Adventure 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 experience 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.