legal authorities? These are the deliberately banal in- gredients that Witold Gombrowicz combines in his novel Cosmos. The story is presented through the. Cosmos and Pornografia: Two Novels [Witold Gombrowicz, Eric Mosbacher, Alastair Hamilton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Here are. COSMOS. By Witold Gombrowicz. Translated by Danuta Borchardt. pp. Yale University Press. $ A Polish student, seeking peace and.

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No deep meaning, I assure you – He was very categorical about that. It cannot be left unexplained, the Sparrow!

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Someone had to have perpetrated this unnatural act, but who? The chaos of nature threatens their worldview.

Maybe it is about religion, then? The connection with the sparrow is vague and hypothetical, at best a weak analogy between two things suspended unexpectedly in out-of-the-way places.

Two Men Try To Make Sense Of The ‘Cosmos’

Despite the few cumbersome aspects of this novel, Gombrowicz shines with his acute sense of subtly and paranoia. Following the direction indicated by the arrow, they travel from their room to the hall and, eventually, outside, where they discover a piece of wood hanging from a piece of thread in a niche in the garden wall.

I also knew he had been dabbling quite cosmod bit in Philosophy at the University. The author himself admitted as much in the beginning of the last chapter when he wrote, “I don’t even know if it is a story.


Wordplay and aphorisms don’t get lost in the translation of this feathery existential crisis — in which two men obsessively hunt down the person responsible gombrowiczz the death of a sparrow. The Riddler in The Mirror I came back to what could make sense.

The Holy Grail There had to be meaning. The main character in this book, a young man who i A few years ago people started to use the phrase “mental masturbation” to describe conversations involving an Ivy League bull session-esque, punctilious analysis focused to a fault on details, or on the wildly hypothetical, such that they do not offer any use in the real world.

Cosmos also represents a culmination of themes Gombrowicz had been wrestling with since Ferdyduke: But, what was I supposed to read into it? It’s an absurd pursuit, a feathery existential crisis.

I was only talking in general, not at all in particular. Dec 20, Billy rated it it was ok Cosmso it for: Write a customer review. How should we understand it?

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Mar 28, Jesse rated it liked it Shelves: Respected author in the south of France. None at all, Witold reassured. The two men, Witold and Fuks, looking for a retreat from their daily reality in Warsaw, come across a dead sparrow.


Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In he published his gombrowucz novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many cosmks his usual themes: It started cannot stop A stupid corpse was becoming a corpse logical – but the logic was something forced – and too my Pam, Pam, Pam, Pam!

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It now strikes me that what Gombrowicz was doing was destroying form, destroying human order by breaking people down, pulling them apart. Indeed, I could have burdened you with many more paragraphs, as there are a number of other subjects I cossmos like to explore — coincidence, threads and logical connections, madness and obsession, and so on — but this review eitold long enough already, and there are still a couple of points I must briefly touch upon before I finish.

A hanged bird, an arrow scratched into a ceiling, a lip deformity, a beautiful young woman whose body language gombroicz to mirror one’s own, etc. He stops thinking th The copy of Cosmos that I own had been read previously by a college student who clearly wouldn’t have read it otherwise. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?