Synopses & Reviews
Milan Kundera called Witold Gombrowicz one of the great novelists of our century.” His most famous novel, Cosmos
, the recipient of the 1967 International Prize for Literature, is now available in a critically acclaimed translation, for the first time directly from the Polish, by the award-winning translator Danuta Borchardt.
Cosmos is a metaphysical noir thriller narrated by Witold, a seedy, pathetic, and witty student, who is charming and appalling by turns. On his way to a relaxing vacation he meets the despondent Fuks. As they set off together for a family-run pension in the Carpathian Mountains they discover a dead bird hanging from a string. Is this a strange but meaningless occurrence or is it the beginning of a string of bizarre events? As the young men become embroiled in the Chekhovian travails of the family running the pension, Grombrowicz creates a gripping narrative where the reader questions who is sane and who is safe?
[A] sly, funny, absorbing fourth novel and lovingly translated by Danuta Borchardt” Neil Gordon, The New York Times Book Review
A master of verbal burlesque, a connoisseur of psychological blackmail, Gombrowicz is one of the profoundest late moderns, with one of the lightest touches.” John Updike
Cosmos is a vicious and uncompromised little gem of the obscene.” Adam Novy, The Believer
Borchardts graceful, powerful, and inventive translation is a great gift to all lovers of Witold Gombrowiczs quirky prose.” Jaroslaw Anders on Cosmos
[Cosmos] will hold special appeal for fans of Camus' The Stranger. In this deft new translation, Cosmos, reveals itself as a challenging but important work.”Frank Sennett, Booklist (starred review)
Probably the most important 20th-century novelist most Western readers have never heard of.” Benjamin Paloff, Words Without Borders
Cosmos is a compulsively unsettling philosophical drama veiled as a quotidian mystery. . . . Borchardts new English translation conveys a world wrought with an interconnectedness, or perceived interconnectedness, that struggles to understand meaningfully a series of events that defy logical association.”David Thomas Holmberg, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature
About the Author
The renowned Polish author, Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969) lived, virtually unknown, in Argentina, writing novels, stories, and plays for twenty-five years before taking up residence in France. He wrote four novels, Trans-Atlantyk
, and Ferdydurke
, which, together with his plays and his three-volume Diary
, have been translated into more than thirty languages.