Pornografia The place is Poland in the early years of the German occupation Pornografia s narrator an author named Witold Gombrowicz meets a swarthy and overly formal man named Fyderyk at a Warsaw house party

  • Title: Pornografia
  • Author: Witold Gombrowicz Danuta Borchardt
  • ISBN: 9780802145130
  • Page: 309
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  • The place is Poland, in the early years of the German occupation Pornografia s narrator, an author named Witold Gombrowicz, meets a swarthy and overly formal man named Fyderyk at a Warsaw house party, and the two soon become engaged in a business of a dubious if not downright criminal nature When an acquaintance of theirs, a corpulent provincial landowner named HipolitThe place is Poland, in the early years of the German occupation Pornografia s narrator, an author named Witold Gombrowicz, meets a swarthy and overly formal man named Fyderyk at a Warsaw house party, and the two soon become engaged in a business of a dubious if not downright criminal nature When an acquaintance of theirs, a corpulent provincial landowner named Hipolit, requests that they come stay with him to discuss some of his city affairs, it is not hard to convince them to leave the claustrophobic city for the fresh air of the countryside.Once in the country, however, Fryderyk and Witold quickly bore of their surroundings all of their surroundings, that is, but the two teenagers who are staying on Hipolit s farm Henia, Hipolit s daughter and Karol, the son of one of the farmhands, who has just returned from a stint in the Polish resistance movement Both sixteen years old, they have known each other all their lives, and interact as naturally and indifferently as siblings Witold, however, begins to obsess over their budding sexuality, and imposes on their every interaction an erotic twist that leaves him half crazed with voyeuristic lust He is convinced that Karol and Henia must go to bed with each other, and it soon becomes apparent that Fryderyk has the same idea as their time at the farm progresses, both men turn seemingly innocent interactions with the two teenagers into a sort of erotic chess game Small pretenses for contact between the young folks pointing out that Karol s pant cuffs are dragging in the dirt, for instance, and asking Henia to roll them up for him become fantastic acts pregnant with innuendo and possibility The fact that Henia is engaged to a respectable if dandyish older man only makes the game interesting Communicating his intentions to Witold through a series of letters left under a brick near the farm s edge, Fryderyk begins to slowly undermine Henia s engagement He tells the teenagers that he is directing a play, and asks them to mimic a slightly suggestive scene for him and then arranges for Witold to bring Henia s fiance, Vaclav, nearby at the most provocative moment Vaclav of course misinterprets what he sees, and begins to sink into paranoia and suspicion of his young bride to be.Two incidents of violence temporarily disrupt Witold and Fryderyk s games First, Vaclav s mother is stabbed to death by a young thief in front of all the farm s residents The tragedy leaves Vaclav even unstable, and everyone involved shaken.The second situation arises when a senior commander in the resistance named Siemian comes to stay at the farm for a few days Karol has served with him, and snaps to attention immediately Not long after Siemian arrives, Hipolit receives a distressing order from the local underground authorities Siemian has lost his nerve and wants to leave the resistance His high position makes this simply too compromising, and Hipolit has been commanded to murder his houseguest.Hipolit enlists the help of his other male guests, but none of them Witold, Fryderyk, or Vaclav can bring themselves to kill the man Then Fryderyk stumbles upon an outrageous idea he will manipulate Karol and Henia, and get them to perform the murder themselves Sure enough, the two teens are obedient, just as they have been when Henia rolled up Karol s pant cuffs or when they performed a scene from a nonexistent play The men give the teens a knife much like the one which killed Vaclav s mother , and instruct them to enter Siemian s room and finish him off.But something goes very wrong Vaclav, who has been growing and unstable and disconsolate over what he thinks is a love affair between Henia and Karol, has entered Siemian s room before the two teenagers, and murdered the commander himself He then darkened the room and waited When the teens knock, Vaclav opens the door and Karol, mistaking Vaclav for Siemien, murders him The narrator s frivolous mind games are suddenly made very real, and as the book ends they are, for the first time, and in their moment of catastrophe, brought closer than ever before to their young pawns.

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    • Witold Gombrowicz Danuta Borchardt

      Witold Marian Gombrowicz August 4, 1904 in Ma oszyce, near Kielce, Congress Poland, Russian Empire July 24, 1969 in Vence, near Nice, France was a Polish novelist and dramatist His works are characterized by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and an absurd, anti nationalist flavor In 1937 he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes the problems of immaturity and youth, the creation of identity in interactions with others, and an ironic, critical examination of class roles in Polish society and culture He gained fame only during the last years of his life but is now considered one of the foremost figures of Polish literature BiographyGombrowicz was born in Ma oszyce, in Congress Poland, Russian Empire to a wealthy gentry family He was the youngest of four children of Jan and Antonina n e Kotkowska In 1911 his family moved to Warsaw After completing his education at Saint Stanislaus Kostka s Gymnasium in 1922, he studied law at Warsaw University in 1927 he obtained a master s degree in law Gombrowicz spent a year in Paris where he studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales although he was less than diligent in his studies his time in France brought him in constant contact with other young intellectuals He also visited the Mediterranean.When he returned to Poland he began applying for legal positions with little success In the 1920s he started writing, but soon rejected the legendary novel, whose form and subject matter were supposed to manifest his worse and darker side of nature Similarly, his attempt to write a popular novel in collaboration with Tadeusz K pi ski turned out to be a failure At the turn of the 20 s and 30 s he started to write short stories, which were later printed under the title Memoirs Of A Time Of Immaturity From the moment of this literary debut, his reviews and columns started appearing in the press, mainly in the Kurier Poranny Morning Courier He met with other young writers and intellectuals forming an artistic caf society in Zodiak and Ziemia ska, both in Warsaw The publication of Ferdydurke, his first novel, brought him acclaim in literary circles.Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Gombrowicz took part in the maiden voyage of the Polish cruise liner, Chrobry, to South America When he found out about the outbreak of war in Europe, he decided to wait in Buenos Aires till the war was over, but was actually to stay there until 1963 often, especially during the war, in great poverty.At the end of the 1940s Gombrowicz was trying to gain a position among Argentine literary circles by publishing articles, giving lectures in Fray Mocho caf , and finally, by publishing in 1947 a Spanish translation of Ferdydurke written with the help of Gombrowicz s friends, among them Virgilio Pi era Today, this version of the novel is considered to be a significant literary event in the history of Argentine literature however, when published it did not bring any great renown to the author, nor did the publication of Gombrowicz s drama lub in Spanish The Wedding, El Casamiento in 1948 From December 1947 to May 1955 Gombrowicz worked as a bank clerk in Banco Polaco, the Argentine branch of PeKaO SA Bank In 1950 he started exchanging letters with Jerzy Giedroyc and from 1951 he started having works published in the Parisian journal Culture, where, in 1953, fragments of Dziennik Diaries appeared In the same year he published a volume of work which included the drama lub The Wedding and the novel Trans Atlantyk, where the subject of national identity on emigration was controversially raised After October 1956 four books written by Gombrowicz appeared in Poland and they brought him great renown despite the fact that the authorities did not allow the publication of Dziennik Diaries , and later organized

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    • Počnimo izjavom kako je ovo, eto, Gombrovičeva knjiga, a Gombrovič je autor moje možda najdraže rečenice o odnosu prema knjigama (i životu) od svih rečenica o odnosima prema knjigama (i životu) na celome svetu:Profesor: - Kako te to ne oduševljava, Galkjeviču, jesam li ti hiljadu puta objašnjavao da te oduševljava. Galkjevič (rezignirano): - Ali to mene ne oduševljava.A inače: pa eto, tipičan Gombrovič. Crni humor, bizarni humor, parodiranje književnih tradicija, parodiranje p [...]

    • Gombrowicz è considerato il più grande scrittore polacco del 900 (insieme a Bruno Schulz), e questa "Pornografia" (il titolo è ironico) è la prima opera che leggo dell'autore. Sono rimasto subito colpito dal suo stile, una scrittura semplice e di facile lettura, ma sempre molto originale e direi anche moderna. La storia è semplice, è una storia di campagna, grottesca, disuguale nei suoi enigmi, molto dostoevskiana (tanto mi ha ricordato l'autore russo), ruota tutta attorno a due signori di [...]

    • Gombrowicz has never failed to amaze me. While this book is not quite on the same level as Ferdydurke, it is still stunning. Like Ferydurke, the themes of "youth" and "maturity" are still highly prevalent and key to the novel, but here these themes are regarded in a completely different fashion. With Pornografia, he shows the power held in youth and his disgust for his fellow "grown man" as two adults toy with the lives of two teenagers, pushing them to act in subtle ways as if they were trying [...]

    • This is one of those books about the duplicity of this lifeless journey, where a man is riding to church as if he were actually riding to church when of course he is not even he and he is definitely not riding to church. Fryderyk is probably France and people watch simple pastoral settings but it's all about Poland before and during the Second World War. So it's fun for awhile trying to figure out what the names mean and who's Chamberlain, who's Hitler. Then it's not so much fun anymore.This cou [...]

    • An off-the-wall classic, part war thriller, part philosophical enquiry, written by a Polish emigre living in Argentina in 1960 who had arrrived on a cruise ship 20 years earlier and when the Second World War broke out decided not to go back, Pornografia has a deliciously unreal element to it. From the first page (one of the most arresting in literature) this is theatrical, but with the atmosphere and three dimensions that only a novel can supply. The plot is bizarre: two ageing intellectuals (on [...]

    • Witold Gombrowicz(1904-1969) é considerado um dos maiores nomes da literatura polaca. As suas obras caracterizam-se por uma profunda análise psicológica e um certo sentido do paradoxo e absurdo. (Wikipédia)A PornografiaAviso: Não tem qualquer cena pornográfica.Assunto: Dois homens de meia idade que espiam dois adolescentes. Resultado: Li-o a bocejar, obscenamente, de tédio.Conclusão: Não percebi nada

    • O pljuvanju čitaocu u lice, o šamaranju svih načina na koji zamišljamo ljubavni roman, o ismevanju našeg osećaja za fabulu, o vrhunskoj pornografiji, o filozofskim konceptima, o piscu koji ne uspeva da bude narator, i povrh svega, o prirodi erotike, želje, Prirode i koncepata muškosti-ženskosti.Ako vam se učini da je roman besmislen, pročitajte još jednom. Odmah. Pa još jednom.Zadao je domaći zadatak svima koji vole interpretaciju i pokazao im njihove pervertirane umove. Ovo je rom [...]

    • ocenjivanje kaže da trojka znači 'liked it', ali ja je ovde koristim kao 'nije mi se svidelo, ali priznajem i poštujem kvalitet'. Drugim rečima: nije za mene, ali razumem zašto se ljudima dopada.

    • Un amico m'aveva chiesto quale fosse il significato di Pornografia. Risposi: “Cercherò di essere il più chiaro possibile. Come si sa, l'uomo tende all'assoluto. Verso la pienezza. Verso la verità assoluta, verso Dio, verso la piena maturità L'imperativo che lo guida è: comprendere tutto, realizzarsi pienamente. In Pornografia invece appare un altro obiettivo che guida l'azione dell'uomo: esso è diverso, più segreto e forse più clandestino, è il suo bisogno della Non-pienezza della Non [...]

    • “un romanzo sensualmente metafisico”Varsavia 1943. Mentre in tutta Europa infuria la guerra, un gruppo di artisti cerca di far sopravvivere degli spazi di libertà:” Ancora mi pare di vederli, seduti o semisdraiati in una nube di fumo, uno un po’ scheletrito, l’altro un po’ acciaccato, ma tutti urlanti e sbraitanti a più non posso. Uno che grida: “Dio!”, l’altro: “Arte!”, il terzo: “Nazione!”, un quarto: “Proletariato!” e giù a discutere come pazzi, sempre la stes [...]

    • Aspiring masturbators should be warned that Witold Gombrowicz’s Pornografia contains no hardcore sexual activity. There is bodily penetration, but only by knives. All of the climaxes and most of the carnality that pops up throughout the novel arise from the intense physical intimacy people share when they murder one another through stabbing. Set in Poland during the Nazi occupation, a Poland never visited by Gombrowicz, who irrevocably expatriated prior to the war’s onset, Pornografia’s at [...]

    • Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard ShawNothing would seem more true than Shaw's quote according to Gombrowicz's narrator, Witold Gombrowicz. Pornografia,Gombrowicz's novel that missed winning the International Prize for Literature by one vote in 1960, features the eponymous narrator of the author and his compatriot in obsession, Fryderyk. Beginning with Gombrowicz's first meeting with Fryderyk, "a middle-aged guy, dark and lean, with an aquiline nose", we know that Fryderyk easily, if [...]

    • Aside from being a brilliantly unnerving story, practically hallucinatory in its intensity, it's got to be the only book I've read which uses modal metaphysics to explore issues of identity, ethics and desire. Rather than running through the story, it's more interesting to consider the complex notion of pornography in the novel and what that could mean.The narrator - Gombrowicz himself - and his friend become obsessed with a young couple who are actually no more than children who have grown up t [...]

    • Seduzione per procuraQuesto mio primo Gombrowicz mi ha lasciato di stucco; ho letto Pornografia con un mezzo sorriso sornione e la bocca lievemente aperta per lo stupore: che prosa, che storia, quali piacevoli assurdità e quanti ottimi ragionamenti! Casualmente, la lettura che ha preceduto Pornografia è stata La morte a Venezia, fatto che ha creato piacevoli paralleli tra Mann e Gombrowicz. Curioso notare come entrambi, ognuno a suo modo, abbiano analizzato la dentatura dei rispettivi oggetti [...]

    • Witold Gombrowicz was Polish, but lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His fiction is thoroughly Latin American. Yet he is the antithesis of Borges. His style is full of savagery and manic obsession. The contrasts of desire and impotence, along with deception and illusion, brilliantly merge into psychological drama. He is nothing short of the godfather of Bolaño.

    • I will have to read it several more times to fully appreciate the form and the thought behind this story. The novel sparkles with tension and is full of tiny details which grow to great sizes and swell up with hidden meanings. The author had an eagle eye surely because he managed to describe in detail the most vague and mysterious of human behaviours.

    • Tried reading Gombrowicz in advance of my Poland vacation in two weeks, but it just never pulled me in; unlikable characters, minimal dialogue, language a bit too abstract; I had to abandon it half way.

    • Le cose sono come ci appaiono. Guardando le interpreto, le faccio mie trasfigurandole. Questo, a grandi linee, è il pensiero che Gombrowicz sviluppa in quella ideale trilogia nella quale Pornografia si pone a metà strada tra Ferdydurke e Cosmo. Seguendo l’assunto esposto, ne consegue che ognuno di noi “vede” un suo mondo e legge ogni fatto in maniera personale, con la conseguente scomparsa dell’oggettività, di una verità condivisa. Un mondo quindi per ogni persona, ma anche due mondi [...]

    • Two middle-aged mean, named Witold and Fryderyk, go to an estate in the Polish countryside during the German occupation. There, they are entranced with the idea of a young man named Karol and a young woman named Henia falling in love with each other. In the meantime, serious events intervene -- which seem to have little effect on W and F: They still continue with their monomania.It seems that Henia is actually affianced to an attorney named Vaclav. Vaclav's mother Amelia is unaccountably knifed [...]

    • It is difficult to write the review for the books like this. There are books with a clear and well defined plot, written with the superior style and one enjoys reading them because they are so nicely set. There are other type of good books where the main characters are words. They have such magical attraction that they draw into the text and you feel so good by reading it regardless what is it about. This book is of the later kind. I've read it in Serbian translation (my compliments to the trans [...]

    • Gombrowicz is a unique writer, very difficult to translate into English. This book was translated by a winner of the Polish government's "Found in Translation" award, which she won partly on the basis of this translation. What I find interesting about Gombrowicz is that his two biggest insights into human nature--that even as adults we all feel immature and that people's personalities change depending on whom they interact with--are turned by him into very interesting and provocative novels and [...]

    • Hilarious and disturbing. Ribald and base but at the same time brainy and removed. Can be read like a dirty joke or a complex modernist treatise on voyeurism, generation gaps, war, and a whole slew of other unrelated topics. But most importantly, it's extremely fun to read. The translator (and I assume Gombrowicz himself) captures a staccato, disjointed, contradictory, sometimes breezy, sometimes stilted language that convincingly feels like an unfiltered transcript direct from a human brain. An [...]

    • Nijednoj knjizi nisam dala jedinicu pa neću ni pornografiji, ali ne ponovilo se! Bar ne u sledećih deset godina.

    • This novel is like a theatre of the Absurd. But, in contrast to the absurd in Kafkas novels it is not cold and passionless like a state. It is idiotic as a human.

    • My comments with additional linksThe summary from the Publishers Weekly review (taken from Bacacay: The Polish Literature Weblog):While recuperating from wartime Warsaw in the Polish countryside, the unnamed narrator and his friend, Fryderyk, attempt to force amour between two local youths, Karol and Henia, as a kind of a lewd entertainment. They become increasingly frustrated as they discover that the two have no interest in one another, and the games are momentarily stopped by a local murder a [...]

    • When reaching the end of a novel, rarely do I have so much to say, and also so little. This was my first experience with Gombrowicz, and it was a bewildering, exciting one. It has elective affinities with Kundera that make it a unique, and not wholly pleasurable, read. About one third of the way through the novel, I wasn’t sure that I would make it the rest of the way. The purely distilled, unrelenting psychological depictions of its characters and occasional absurdism can sometimes make it ar [...]

    • There were flashes of brilliance here, but also a whole lot of dullness. Is this really among the best that 20th century literature has to offer? If so, then I'm ready to go back to science fiction and suspense novels for a long time.Gombrowicz (or at least his eponymous character) seems to feel a lot of disgust for mature folks. He and his character seem to be suggesting that the old can only live through the young. But the opposite observation seems equally compelling to me: that youth could n [...]

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