By Witold Gombrowicz
Thought of via many to be one of the maximum writers of the previous hundred years, Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz explores the fashionable drawback of exile and displacement in a disintegrating international in his acclaimed vintage Trans-Atlantyk. Gombrowicz’s so much own novel—and arguably his such a lot iconoclastic—Trans-Atlantyk is written within the type of a gaweda, a story instructed by means of the fireplace in a language that originated within the 17th century. It recounts the customarily farcical adventures of a penniless younger author stranded in Argentina whilst the Nazis invade his place of origin, and his next “adoption” by means of the Polish embassy employees and émigré community.
Based loosely on Gombrowicz’s personal stories as an expatriate, Trans-Atlantyk is steeped in humor and sharply pointed satire, interlaced with darkish visions of struggle and its horrors, that entreats the person and society more often than not to upward thrust above the suffocating constraints of nationalistic, sexual, and patriotic mores. The novel's topics are common and its execution ingenious—a masterwork of twentieth-century literary artwork from an writer whom John Updike known as “one of the profoundest of the past due moderns.”
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