By Witold Gombrowicz
Translated by means of Lillian Vallee
Just prior to the outbreak of worldwide struggle II, younger Witold Gombrowicz left his domestic in Poland and set sail for South the US. In 1953, nonetheless dwelling as an expatriate in Argentina, he started his Diary with one in all literature's such a lot memorable openings:
Gombrowicz's Diary became an enormous choice of essays, brief notes, polemics, and confessions on myriad topics starting from political events to literature to the knowledge of dying. no longer a conventional magazine, Diary is as a substitute the statement of an excellent and stressed brain. generally considered as a masterpiece, this very good paintings forced Gombrowicz's recognition for a decade and a part until eventually he penned his ultimate access in France, presently ahead of his demise in 1969.
Long out of print in English, Diary is now provided in a handy unmarried quantity that includes a brand new preface by way of Rita Gombrowicz, the author's widow and literary executor. This version additionally contains ten formerly unpublished pages from the 1969 section of the diary.
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I had never been a proponent of a too one-dimensional secularism, and the war and the postwar period did not change me much in this regard. They rather supported me in insisting on a more ﬂexible world, with a profounder perspective. If I can coexist with Catholicism it is because ideas concern me less and less while I put all the emphasis on man’s attitude toward the idea. An idea is and always will be a screen behind which are other and more important issues. An idea is a pretext, an auxiliary tool.
Not in the sense that they magnify the danger, but in the sense that they impute certain demonic traits to that world, some type of extraordinariness, something new and shocking. This approach is simply not reconcilable with maturity, which, in knowing the essence of life, does not allow itself to be surprised by its events. Revolutions, wars, cataclysms—what does this foam mean when compared to the fundamental horror of existence? You say there has been nothing like it before? You forget that in the nearest hospital no lesser atrocities take place.
For a Communist, too, everything is taken care of, at least in the current phase of the dialectical process. He is in possession of the truth, he knows. And, what is more, he believes, and what is still more, he wants to believe. Even if you could prove otherwise to him, he will not be convinced, because he has given himself up to the Party. The Party knows better, the Party knows from him. Doesn’t it seem to you that when your words were bouncing off this hermeticism like peas off a wall, that the real line of demarcation runs between the believers and nonbelievers and that this continent of faith encompasses such diverse churches as Catholicism, Communism, Nazism, Fascism.