A Kind of Testament
Translated by Alastair Hamilton
A Kind of Testament is part autobiography and part justification of the life's work of one of Poland’s most important novelists and playwrights. Written in France in 1968, this personal testimony is more than just a life history or a critique of his work. A Kind of Testament stands as a testament to how Gombrowicz came to be the person and writer that he was and overlap between the two.
Nb of pages 158 p.
Publication Date 10 September 2007
Nb of pages 158
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Should I talk about my life in connection with my work? I know neither my life nor my work. I trail the past behind me like the misty tail of a comet, so, as far as my work is concerned, there is not much I can say.
Darkness and magic.
You see, I have to apologize in advance. In these somewhat hasty communications I shall be unable to avoid some rather powerful words—like magic. Or darkness. I once read the memoirs of a mountaineer. He described climbing a very high and difficult mountain. Well, this description was completely distorted by the fact that the author, feeling obliged to sacrifice himself to the modesty of a sportsman, wrote: ‘My left foot slipped and for ten seconds I was suspended over the chasm, until my right foot encountered a spur of rock.’ Professional modesty prevented him from conveying the immensity of the chasm, the immensity of his efforts and of his fear.
Gombrowicz’s art cannot be measured with the passing of decades. It is a monument of Polish prose. -Czeslaw Milosz
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Genres : Nonfiction, Biographies and Memoirs : Memoirs
Countries : Poland