Posts Tagged ‘witold gombrowicz’
Thomas Urban looks into the week-long conflict in Poland over required reading in schools. The governing coalition is now threatened with collapse over the dispute, centering around the author Witold Gombrowicz. “It’s a novelty in the history of European democracies that a controversy surrounding an author should take on such a political dimension. Education Minister Roman Giertych, head of the League of Polish Families, has declared he no longer expects students to have to read works that are morally damaging, including those of Gombrowicz … certainly the most famous Polish writer of the 20th century. Giertych sees his goal of educating Poland’s youth in ‘order, discipline and patriotism’ jeopardised by the sceptic and freethinker Gombrowicz, who never sought to hide his homosexual disposition. The fundamentalist League of Polish Families has even adopted the slogan: ‘Giertych or Gombrowicz!'”
Via signandsight. I can’t find the full article at the SZ site, unfortunately, but this sounds like a story to watch.
Gombrowicz conveys his scorn of contemporary Polish attitudes while his farcical masqueraders awkwardly pirouette around their sense of their own belittlement, puppets of the forms they inflict on one another.
There’s also an interview with Dumitru Tsepeneag, together with an extract from his intriguing-sounding novel Vain Art of the Fugue, which is gaining ground rapidly on my List-Of-Books-I-Must-Shortly-Acquire.
Pen [that is, P.E.N.] Centers from eleven Slavic countries selected 110 novels from these countries written from 1989 to the present (ten novels from each country), in October 2006. Each country will publish one novel from each of the other ten countries and, in that way, each of the selected 110 novels will come out in one Slavic language. If all goes according to plan, the whole action should be carried out through 2007 and all of these novels will later be translated into English and offered to publishers in the United States and Great Britain.
(via Three Percent)