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Great Literature Discussion: Ferdydurk by Witold Gombrowicz (Online)
October 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In this bitterly funny novel, a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to childishness. Published in Poland in 1937, Ferdydurke catapulted the young author to fame. Deemed scandalous and subversive by Nazis, Stalinists, and the Polish Communist regime in turn, the novel was banned in Poland for decades. It has nonetheless remained one of the most influential works of 20th-century European literature.
Literary works will be discussed based on what can be found in the text in order to enrich each other’s interpretation of the novel/novella. All are welcome to join and any edition or translation of the book under discussion can be used. Read the work in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group. Moderated by Ethical NYC member Gunther Tielemans.
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