Search Results: "Witold Gombrowicz"


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TRANS-ATLANTYK by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1994

"One can't help wishing they'd thought twice about translating the book at all."
Born in 1904, Gombrowicz was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1968, a year before his death. Read full book review >

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COSMOS by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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BACACAY by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Johnston's brilliant translations vividly convey the radically unconventional content and style of one of the strangest—and greatest—of writers."
Conformity and logical coherence are rudely deranged in a dozen early tales from Poland's urbane misanthrope (1904-69). Read full book review >

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PORNOGRAFIA by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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FERDYDURKE by Witold Gombrowicz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Think Kafka translated by Groucho Marx, with commentaries."
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. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2007

"An enlightening account of American entrepreneurship, with plenty of architectural and social background."
Urban historian and architect Rybczynski (The Perfect House, 2002, etc.) follows the development of empty farmland in Chester County, Penn., into a compact, walkable exurban community of private houses and public spaces. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"'His influence on the language of building is comparable to the lasting impact that William Shakespeare has had on the English language.' No small tribute—nor overstatement. (Line drawings throughout)"
Impressionistic, personal walking tour of a handful of Andrea Palladio's villas, during which Rybczynski reins in his obvious excitement and delight in the work, creating an irresistible tension. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND by Witold Rybczynski
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A kind of observing philosopher of the domestic, Rybczynski (an architect by profession: The Most Beautiful House in the World, 1989, etc.) here takes a look at time, work, leisure, and recreation—and at that entirely man-made phenomenon, the weekend. Read full book review >

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HOW ARCHITECTURE WORKS by Witold Rybczysnki
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Rybczynski is an artful conductor and learned hand who leaves much of the pleasure of architectural discovery to readers."
The erudite and architecturally well-traveled Rybczynski (Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities, 2010, etc.) offers a brimming toolkit that we should bring to "our daily experience of buildings, which is practical as well as aesthetic." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1999

"Rybczynski is a fine writer and thinker, and this is a magisterial biography of a man who deserves the widest possible recognition. (Author tour)"
An extraordinary biography of an impossibly accomplished 19th-century American. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Rybczynski—estimable critic and valuable observer—in a form best browsed through."
The subtitle here is a disappointment, because in fact these gathered examples of Rybczynski's recent architecture journalism aren't historically organized: They show his usual steady hand and watchful intelligence, and yet, lacking the narrative thread of The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989) or Waiting for the Weekend (1991), they can suffer from a recurrent sameness, beginning to feel less like a pleasant ramble than like a journey that won't quite end. Read full book review >

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NOW I SIT ME DOWN by Witold Rybczynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rybczynski is totally engaging in this smoothly flowing, sharp, witty narrative—another winner from a top-notch writer on design."
The acclaimed popularizer and purveyor of all things architectural scrutinizes a "tool for sitting." Read full book review >