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Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School for Social Research and
Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts present

by Witold Gombrowicz

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 6:00 PM

New School for Social Research
65 Fifth Avenue (betw. 13th &14th streets), second floor, New York, NY

Speaker: Michal P. Markowski
Professor of Humanities, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Witold Gombrowicz, an emblematic diasporic writer and playwright, and "probably the most important novelist most Western readers have never heard of, which is to say that he is the kind of writer whose following consists largely of other writers, whose faith in Gombrowicz's under-recognized genius has led them to shower him with superlatives. Susan Sontag, in her introduction to the recent English translation of Ferdydurke, his ironic masterpiece, calls him brilliant. John Updike takes this praise one step further, noting that Gombrowicz is one of the profoundest of late moderns. Milan Kundera ranks him among Joyce and Proust as one of the seminal figures in modern literature. His writings are beloved in France, where they have long been available in competent translations, and where Gombrowicz himself spent the last years of his life. And in his native Poland, Gombrowicz remains something of a cultural legend almost thirty-five years after his death." (Benjamin Paloff, "Witold Gombrowicz, and to Hell with Culture", in Words without Borders)

Michal Markowski, Professor of Humanities, and chair of International Polish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, is a senior fellow and co-investigator at the International Institute for Hermeneutics (Canada), and author of books on Nietsche, Derrida, and Gombrowicz. In 2000 his book "Anatomy of Curiosity" received the prestigious Koscielski Foundation Award (Switzerland). His most recent book on Gombrowicz, Dark Waters: Gombrowicz, Life, Literature (2004), has already been translated into several languages.

Please note that the Eugene Lang 20th-Anniversary Production this spring will be:

OPERETTA - written by Witold Gombrowicz, directed by Zishan Ugurlu, with music by Stefania de Kenessey

March 9 - 12, 2006

La MaMa E.T.C. - The Annex, 74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003, tel. (212) 475-7710

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