Ferdydurke 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 chil

  • Title: Ferdydurke
  • Author: Witold Gombrowicz Danuta Borchardt
  • ISBN: 9780300082401
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 literary sensation and catapulted the young author to fame Deemed scandalous and subversive byIn 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 literary 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 officially banned in Poland for decades It has nonetheless remained one of the most influential works of twentieth century European 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 wonderful Long live 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 languages.

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    1. 'There is nothing that the mature hate more, there is nothing that disgusts them more, than immaturity' writes Gombrowicz in this comic masterpiece of Polish literature. 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 [...]

    2. Ferdydurke is some sort of abracadabra and the novel can be defined as an absurdist abstraction.“Mankind is accursed because our existence on this earth does not tolerate any well-defined and stable hierarchy, everything continually flows, spills over, moves on, everyone must be aware of and be judged by everyone else, and the opinions that the ignorant, dull, and slow-witted hold about us are no less important than the opinions of the bright, the enlightened, the refined. This is because man [...]

    3. Gereğinden fazla değerliBöyle yazdığımı gören kitabın yazarı buna da iki cümle dizerdi.Kitapların bazıları vardır ki, mimarisi güzel birçok katı olan meskenlere benzerler, hangi katta oturmak istediğiniz size bağlı.Fakat en üstteki katlar modernitenin size sunduğu görsellik karmaşasından dolayı sizi yanıltır, bir şeylerin sahibi olduğunuzu ve çoşkunluğun suni hissiyatını size tattırır. Halbuki alttaki derinliğe indikçe bekleyenler, sizi şaşırtacaktır. [...]

    4. I didn't like this book. I didn't hate it either. If I could have given it two and a half stars I would have. I liked 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 more, but by about page 200 the whole book felt like work. For example I was on the bus, and I had the choice between reading this [...]

    5. 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 listening to it.We was out in California one time, And we wandered lookin’ for a room, and this mad hotel, And we got upstairs and opened the door and turned on the lights, And there o [...]

    6. Good grief, I've got a copy of this somewhere that I must have liberated from a second-hand bookshop years ago and which I am fairly sure has long since gone the way of all books - although it is hard for me to tell as much of my life is in semi-storage to varying degrees.An 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 life and made to live as a child, he is forced to return to school and given foster parent [...]

    7. Akıl almaz bir şeylerin anti-manifestosu ve aynı zamanda sıra dışı bir manifesto. Neler olduğunu ve olan şeylerin neden olduğunu, kimin neyi ve neyin kimi temsil ettiğini, hangi kelimenin hangi anlamlara gelip, hangilerinin hangi anlamlara gelmediğini çözmeye çalışırken kitap da bitiyor. Gözleri pörtlek okuyucu elinde bitmiş bir kitapla ve bir sürü anlamını kaybetmiş, yamulmuş, erimiş ve ezilip büzülmüş, tersine dönmüş soru işareti ile baş başa kalıyor. Anl [...]

    8. “ Bir saniyecik bile olsun, yapmayı becerebildiğim kadarıyla bile, akıllıca konuşamıyordum çünkü taşrada bir doktorun beni aptal bellediğini ve dolayısıyla benden aptallıklar beklediğini biliyordum” Bir sabah korkulu rüyalarından devcileyin bir böcek olarak uyanan gregor Samsa’dan yirmi yıl uzaktayız. Yer Polonya, tarihler 1937’yi gösteriyor ve Gombrowicz Ferdydurke'yi yayınlıyor. Zaman ve mekan önemli, savaşın ve Polonya’nın işgalinin hemen öngünlerindey [...]

    9. Ferdydurke appeared in Germany without commentary to explain briefly “what it is about”—thus some critics and readers did not know where to begin.I think about the basic assumptions of Ferdydurke regarding criticism and I can endorse them without reservation. There are enough innocent works that enter life looking as if they did not know that they would be raped by a thousand idiotic assessments!To avoid this kind of assessment I decided to let Witold Gombrowicz speak about Ferdydurke hims [...]

    10. Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) is considered as one of the most important literary 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 subsequently 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 [...]

    11. 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 quotability of so many individual lines, there's also something very wordy and over-analyzed about this. Polish new wave filmmaker Jer [...]

    12. Another one of my all time favorites. Gombrowicz' modernist masterpiece, his first novel, came out in the 1930's, causing a brief literary sensation only weeks before his native Poland was invaded by the Nazis. The author fled to South America and since Europe had other things on its mind in the coming years both author and book were pretty much forgotten. Gombrowicz was rediscovered however amid the renewed experimentation of the 1960's, and enjoyed a renaissance in his lifetime, after decades [...]

    13. Ferdydurke'nin 1937'deki ilk baskısı Bruno Schulz'un çizimini yaptığı kapak ile yayımlanmış. Schulz, Ferdydurke için "Freud ve Proust'un yapıtlarına eşdeğer bir yapıt." diyor. Schulz çok bilinmiyor olsa da, Kafka kadar sağlam bir referans.Sanatı, aileyi, eğitim sistemini, aşkı, yediğimiz yemeği, karşı çıktığımız savaşı, benimsediğimiz rolleri; yani şimdilerde "değer" olarak isimlendirdiğimiz her şeyi eleştiren, komik, sıradışı, diline alışılması zam [...]

    14. I can’t remember why I decided to read this book, but it has been on my “pending” list for about two years now. I questioned a Polish friend about it fairly extensively (luckily he didn’t get annoyed, which I probably would if someone started to pester me about Dickens simply because I’m British, which is essentially what I was doing…) and he said that I would probably enjoy it because I have a “sick brain”. I decided to take this as both a compliment and a recommendation rolled [...]

    15. Imagina que estás a dormir e enquanto dormes vais escrevendo tudo o que sonhas sem dar grande importância à forma ou à estrutura. O Ferdydurque é isso, mas também é mais; no sentido que faz pensar no absurdo, na sua importância, e até que ponto a dita normalidade não é por si um grande absurdo de sobrevivência. Publicado pela primeira vez há 80 anos, continuará por muitos mais a desafiar todos quanto se identifiquem e apreciem a audácia e a extravagância literária.

    16. Where has this book been all my life? Gombrowicz might be a 20th century version of Swift. It's all fart jokes and nose-picking until you realize it's actually one of the smartest books you've ever read. But be warned: if you come looking only for the fart jokes and nose-picking, you could easily be disappointed. Many reviewers, perhaps misled by Susan Sontag's introduction, and Gombrowicz's own much later statements, suggest that this is a book in praise of immaturity and damnation of adults. C [...]

    17. Hoo, boy! How does once approach a work that, the moment you touch it, dissolves into all manner of mugs, attitudes, and outright wackiness? This is my first work by Witold Gombrowicz, and I am mightily impressed by it -- but I must retain my perspective. Or like, Joe Kowalski, the narrator, I will be entrapped and dealt the pupa. What is this pupa? It seems to be everywhere. As I understand it, it's the fulcrum of a boy's immaturity, centered in his butt, from which radiates all the crazin [...]

    18. The curse and joy of returning to one's youth with all of one's thirty-something literary grown-man cultural baggage intact. Lovely, troubling, a punk rock slap in the face to all our feigned adulthood, seriousness, and sobriety. A rather serious lark. I disagree with Susan Sontag's introduction, however. Gombrowicz's presentation of youthful extravagance, tension, and conflict is a far cry from modern American popular culture's re-presentation of youth as some sort of white bread yesteryear of [...]

    19. Gombrowicz is a useful author more than anything else. This book, for example, gives you an idea - "immaturity" - and then shows you how it can be used to systematically dismantle every system of meaning you might come across. People complain about philosophical novels, but "philosophy" here doesn't mean argument, or logic - more like following an intuited form as it grows and surprises.

    20. Add insane linguistic acrobatics to Kafka's and Charms' minimal surrealism and you've got yourself Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke.

    21. Crazy, brilliant, and frustrating novel from the 1930's by this mad Polish author. The basic theme/question/idea is: do we possess an identity outside of what people think of us or are we mostly shaped by society's perception of who we are? As all language and all interactions we have with others is little more than mediated societal convention, is there any room to express who we "really" are?Anyway, the story involves a thirty-something author (Gombrowicz) who, up to now, has produced a single [...]

    22. Ferdydurke is a novel that often times just seems like sorta funny nonsense, and other times like a philosophical take on the importance of "immaturity" as fuel for creativity.The premise of the story is that our protagonist is somehow regressed into a teenager (all though he still looks like a 30-year-oldeverybody just seems to overlook that). In school his classmates debate over purity vs. vulgarity as the ultimate expression of immaturity. When he is forced to live with a family that includes [...]

    23. When the social norms of the old generation collides with that of the young generation,Then, By necessity the concepts of immaturity and maturity will be abducted from its semantic sphere into a distorted and forbidding relation e drift of the society into infantility and The prevailing of the kitsch as a sign of modernity, the proliferation of triviaity , banality and again triviality, all these factors will take its toll on the writers of that society . And here comes the like of Gombrowicz wh [...]

    24. this book is funny and cool yall, starts off like a weird celine sort of fever dream where the narrator is seeing asses in the sky and then the fever dream turns real!!! omg. + lots of funny stuff like a making faces contest, a fight between analysis and synthesis and about 20 pages spent on athletic schoolgirls in their school girl outfits. good fetish, and in 1934 may have been ahead of its time, altho perhaps the polish schoolgirl of 1934 was not wearing the pleated gingham skirt of today's f [...]

    25. Ferdydurke è un libro “coraggioso” ed anticonformista. Gombrowicz è perfettamente consapevole dei rischi che corre decidendo di affrontare un argomento come l'immaturità, eppure lo fa con coerenza apprezzabile. Nessun ammiccamento, nessuna strizzatina d'occhio al lettore, nessuna intenzione di épater le bourgeois, solo la decisione dell'autore di tirare dritto per la sua strada, senza schivare le difficoltà, anzi decidendo di evidenziarle. Si parla di immaturità, di quella del singolo [...]

    26. At first I was thrilled with the book. Being Polish, I guess I could see more of the context. And so, I was absolutely delighted by Gombrowicz's blatant opposition towards the Polish Tradition and Great Authors. I went as far as to underline some passages which completely refuted the Polish Greatness.However, the further I got into the book, the more I was annoyed with the slapstick humor and sickness of the author's mind. Call me stiff but I just don't find a miscarried fetus funny (okay, maybe [...]

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