Witold Gombrowicz at home in Vence

Witold Gombrowicz, born on August 4th, 1904, “the most important twentieth-century novelist most Western readers have never heard of”, and still capable of rattling Polish cages: read this essay by translator Benjamin Paloff at Words Without Borders to learn why.

Words Without Borders also carries his short story “The Rat”.

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University held an exhibition, The World of Witold Gombrowicz, to mark his centenary: the image above is taken from there, as is this very memorable book jacket:

the UK edition of Pornografia, Calder & Boyars, London, 1966

Pornografia: a novel. Translated by Alastair Hamilton, London, Calder and Boyars, 1966


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