Books by Danuta Borchardt

PORNOGRAFIA by Witold Gombrowicz
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Les liaisons dangereuses updated by Kafka. A remarkably ugly, even repellent little tale—but in a good way."
A fresh English version of the great Polish writer's 1960 novel about middle-aged dreams and youthful obliviousness, one of his best-known works. Read full book review >
COSMOS by Witold Gombrowicz
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A contemporary of the French New Novelists, Gombrowicz (Bacacay, 2004, etc.) may well be the missing link between Nikolai Gogol and Nicholson Baker."
Like William Blake's poetry, Gombrowicz's darkly puckish novel, first published in Poland in 1965, strives to see the world in a mustard seed—and neither the attempt nor the results are pretty. Read full book review >
FERDYDURKE by Witold Gombrowicz
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Long banned in its author's native Poland, this high-spirited satire (first published in 1937, and now available in a "first unabridged English translation") on the regimentation that Gombrowicz (1904-69) foresaw as the destructive storm then approaching Europe has since been acclaimed as a modernist masterpiece. It's a free-range meditation—whose first-person narrator excitedly confides in, and abuses, the reader—on the indignities suffered by Kowalski (or, if you will, "K."), a writer "imprisoned" (with the consent and complicity of his family and friends) in a school for adolescent boys. The idea that officialdom reduces the creative spirit to the condition of childhood is worried over quite brilliantly, in a compact epic of misanthropy, paranoia, and (comically heightened) righteous indignation set in a world that smugly refuses to make any sense. A wonderfully subversive, self-absorbed, hilarious book. Think Kafka translated by Groucho Marx, with commentaries. Read full book review >