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To ask other readers questions about Bacacayplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I used innee think that I didn’t like short stories. I thought they would leave me unsatisfiedwithout any time to develop neither opowiadaniq nor characters.
Akutagawa made me doubt my attitude, Borges changed my mind, and now, Gombrowicz has sealed the deal. After having read kpowiadania perfectly measured story, there is no turning back. And Gombrowicz really knows how to do this. In Bacacay, Gombrowicz presents innw with a ridiculing look at social interaction and expectations.
The usual ideas of how “everythin I used to think that I didn’t like short stories. The usual ideas of how “everything is supposed to be” are drawn to extremes, making up an absurd jumble of standards and values that are smudged into troubled shadows of our everyday world. The people in these stories are opowiadxnia tightly by the standards of society, and some of them want out. There is a longing for the ugly, the ungraceful and the grotesque in a world where everything that isn’t light and beautiful cannot be accepted.
Gombrowicz characters, as well as himself, exhibit an aversion to the “european, unpolluted and fresh” that they are asked to abide to. Their possible elbow room is getting tighter by the minute, held back by the rules that aren’t even unspoken, since we hardly know they exist. However, rebelling against them can’t happen without punishment from the external world.
Nobody breaks away from the ordinary without a backlash, and sometimes it can be severe. The characters that break free, however, opowiwdania not nearly as interesting as those that conform stubbornly.
Here chaos erupts, where people try to act normal in abnormal situations. An investigating magistrate baiakaj absolutely sure that a crime has been committed, even when none has happened. The crew on a ship try to keep their minds intact when exposed to absolute monotony at sea.
The more these characters cling to normalcy, the more insane their actions become. The stories range from darkly humorous to almost brutal. Gombrowicz bitterly writes about our beliefs about how the world should be, versus how it really is. Her repeatedly smashes our idealised pictures of society to pieces, and I’m happy with that.
I’ve both laughed out loudly and looked at the pages with disgust while reading this, and that’s definitely a good thing. Extremely fine collection of short stories. I’ve read the Swedish translation by David Szybek which seemed very good, and hopefully I’ll be able to read it in the original Polish in a few months!
View all 3 comments. Hikayeler o kadar garip ki; daha ne olacak diye tedirginlikle okudum hep. May 14, Justin Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: Solid stuff, though the last two stories weren’t quite up to the earlier ones. Everything was memorable, at least, and getting to re-read Philidor’s Child Within was a special bonus. Perhaps I need to attempt reading Gombrowicz in my native language rather than Spanish. Or maybe I need to read closer and with more observation.
As one may can see, I’m finding an abyss between what I have heard and read from other readers and world literature enthusiasts, and my experience and chores of reading the author. There is a chasm between Gombrowicz and I. Funny and bizarre, yes, these short stories are cracks at institutionalized ideas and ways of life, especially the aristocratic no Perhaps I need to attempt reading Gombrowicz in my native language rather than Spanish. Funny and bizarre, yes, these short stories are cracks at institutionalized ideas and ways of life, especially the aristocratic norm which anyone not from that walk of life shall enjoy.
It is telling of Witold’s youth as he came from a very wealthy and educated background in Poland. One reason for my pretension must be chalked up towards the editorial el cuenco de plata that chose to include a quote for Gombrowicz praising his re-read and subsequently published for the first time short stories where the author notes his surprise to discover his own joviality and well narrated humor in such virgin texts.
It confounds me as to why they would include this text as it gives off an air of what the author pokes at with irony, humor, and hyperbole. Anyhow it is there and deterred any chance of the stories to sink in a bit more to jostle my consciousness even a bit.
My heightened interest of the Polish author was seeing his books everywhere in Argentina, discovering that he lived in Buenos Aires before going to France, and so I bought a novel Trans-Atlantykshort stories, and a published conversation of with French artist Jean Dubuffet.
Similarly to the novel, much of my discouragement upon reading Gombrowicz’s short stories settles on a foundation of expectation and self-interest not being satisfied. However, the novel at least generated a dislike and a struggle, which certainly pushed me to reflect and question and saturate myself in a mysteriousness engendered by Gombrowicz style and narration. The short stories simply left me indifferent, with a coolness, and without any emotions similar to joy or anger.
My final conclusion is, “I should have abandoned it. Maybe one day I can return to the stand out short stories from Bacacay which were for me, Aventuras and Crimen premeditado. Those two short stories are shedding, albeit unobtrusive, light into the chasm between Gombrowicz and I.
I have rarely been so confused when trying to grade a book. For some I thought that they were some of the most brilliant stories I have ever read, for others that they are the most bizarre and idiotic ones and that I do not know why people waste their and my time writing such bullshit.
For some I thought were exposing complex social flaws, for others that they were just a bunch of chauvinist bullsh I have rarely been so confused when opowizdania to grade a book. For some I thought were exposing complex social flaws, for others that they were just a bunch of chauvinist bullshit.
Bacacay by Witold Gombrowicz
Not sure that I will give him as an opowaidania any more chances either. Oct 12, Baklavahalva rated it liked it.
Read it in Bosnian translation. The question is how much of this craziness can one take? Every character has a mania, some onne them more unbearable than others. I could have done without the extensive descriptions of marine and submarine tortures, but I suppose the violence is a part of the point.
Two stories struck me as especially funny, the one about virginity where the idealized maiden wants to gnaw on bones from the garbage and the one about a respectable upper-class guy who fetishizes rea Read it in Bosnian translation.
Two stories struck me as especially funny, the one about virginity where the idealized maiden wants to gnaw on bones from the garbage and the bskakaj about a respectable upper-class guy who fetishizes really old, really ugly cleaning ladies.
Jan 31, Mike Polizzi rated it really liked it.
Xenophobia, totalitarianism, traveling the ocean in a glass bubble Gombrowicz creates stories that inhabit worlds parallel to our own that manages to shine a lot of light on the strange and arbitrary rules of human existence.
Jul 23, Joshua added it. This goes really high up on my list of favorite story collections. Unique, grotesquely weird at times and very funny. One of those works that makes you eager to read everything else available from the author. Dec 12, Leonard Klossner rated it really liked it. I don’t often enjoy short stories, but I made an exception for Gombrowicz and I was olowiadania disappointed.
Both Gombrowicz and Goytisolo are purveyors of the absurd, but Goytisolo’s world is one of extraordinary violence – it is a world opowiadanoa unfathomable heaviness – whereas Gombrowicz’ is extraordinarily light – all instances of violence, even cannibalism, accomplish an effect of humor, and are often the initiatory steps of a narrative Rube Goldberg machine that sets off a causal chain of circumstance I don’t often enjoy short stories, but I made an exception for Gombrowicz and I was not disappointed.
Both Gombrowicz and Goytisolo are purveyors of the absurd, but Goytisolo’s world is one inje extraordinary violence – it is a world of unfathomable heaviness – whereas Gombrowicz’ is extraordinarily light – all instances of violence, even cannibalism, accomplish an effect of humor, and are often the initiatory steps of a narrative Rube Goldberg innne that sets off a causal chain of circumstances which grow increasingly absurd. Gombrowicz’ universe is not so ijne as much as it is situated on a fundament of logic that makes no sense in the world as we know it; it is based on a system of logic endemic to Gombrowicz’ strange universe.
In one story, a bored spectator of a tennis match fires a gunshot at the ball in mid-flight, after which the match becomes a mimetic performance – the players mime as though the ball were still in play it just opowwiadania to me that Michaelangelo Antonioni may have found influence bakaiaj Gombrowicz for the closing unne of Blow Up.
The bullet continues its baakkaj and tears through the throat of a spectator on the opposite side. His wife, distraught, exacts her vengeance on the gunman via proxy – unable to reach the gunman, she slaps the man seated next to her who begins seizing. The audience, who would no doubt fall into hysterics or madness, or, at the very least, shock, in the world as we know it, erupt into cheers at the spectacle; so much more enthralling than the tennis match which prompted the gunman to open fire.
If anyone is ever in opowuadania of opowiadznia respite from shouldering the weight of more demanding novels, of narratives of indescribable weight or seriousness, I would suggest a visit to Gombrowicz’ world.
He is what I call a vacation read – not a novel to be read at beachside, but a novel which can alleviate the exhausted consciousness after a round of more serious, more heavy literature not to suggest Gombrowicz’ books are mere trifles; they should be treasured and relished, but they present themselves to be enjoyed in their own peculiar manner. Jan 08, Zvonimir rated it liked it.
Nov 01, Andrew rated it liked it. There are perfect moments in these stories: When I do something well, I feel suspended on the inscrutable smiles of women, horses, frogs, dogs and bees. Virginity – a stunning combination of physics and metaphysics, abstract ine concrete – from a minor bodily detail there flows an entire sea of idealism and wonders that are glaringly at odds with our sorry reality.
When I kiss a lady’s hand I lick it moistly, after which I quickly take out my handkerchief: That is how it is ladies and gentlemen; you smile and narrow your eyes; you cherish swallows and torment frogs; you find fault with a nose. There is constantly someone that you hate, someone you find disgusting; then again you tumble into an incomprehensive state of love and adoration – and everything on account of some Mystery.