By Witold Gombrowicz
Milan Kundera known as Witold Gombrowicz “one of the nice novelists of our century." His most famed novel, Cosmos, the recipient of the 1967 overseas Prize for literature, is now on hand in a significantly acclaimed translation, for the 1st time without delay from the Polish, by way of the award-winning translator Danuta Borchardt.
Cosmos is a metaphysical noir mystery narrated through Witold, a seedy, pathetic, and witty pupil, who's captivating and appalling by means of turns. On his approach to a calming holiday he meets the despondent Fuks. As they trigger jointly for a family-run pension within the Carpathian Mountains they find a useless chook placing from a string. is that this a wierd yet meaningless prevalence or is it the start of a string of unusual occasions. because the younger males develop into embroiled within the Chekhovian travails of the relatives working the pension Grombrowicz's creates a gripping narrative the place the reader questions who's sane and who's secure.
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Supper then. Leon, eating his radishes, told us how years ago director Krysiπski, his boss at the bank, taught him the art which the boss called “the knack” or “the reverse” that—according to him—any self-respecting aspirant to a highranking position in the civil service should have at his ﬁngertips. He imitated the deceased director Krysiπski’s guttural, subdued voice: “Leon, take what I’m telling you to heart, remember, it’s all a matter of the knack, don’t you see? Take the situation where you must reprimand an oﬃce clerk, what should you do at the same time?
He stood in his underpants, in the center of the room, talking. ” I listened silently, I wondered how to refuse him, he insisted rather weakly, but I felt weak too, weakness pervaded everything. ” And all at once I agreed, I even rose immediately from my bed because the thought of a thrusting, resolute motion along a ﬁxed line suddenly seemed more delectable than a glass of cold water! We pulled our pants on. The room now ﬁlled with decisive and clear-cut activities Witold Gombrowicz that, originating as they did from boredom, from idleness, from whimsy, concealed some kind of idiocy within them.
A multitude of other events ﬁlling, absorbing me, and every evening, as unavoidable as the moon, supper, sitting across the table from Lena, Katasia’s mouth circling around. Leon manufacturing his bread pellets and lining them up in a row, with great care—watching them intently—then after a moment’s deliberation impaling a pellet on a toothpick. Sometimes, after reﬂecting for a while, he would pick up a little salt on the tip of his knife and sprinkle it on the pellet, watching it dubiously through his pince-nez.
Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz