Eastern Europe

Gombrowicz’s Take on Shaw

Current Theme:  Eastern Europe Youth is wasted on the young.                                             George Bernard Shaw Nothing would seem more true than Shaw’s quote according to Gombrowicz’s narrator, Witold Gombrowicz.  Pornografia,Gombrowicz’s novel that missed winning the International Prize for Literature by one vote in 1960, features the eponymous narrator of…

A Tomb For Many

Current Theme: Eastern Europe Danilo Kis, a Yugoslavian author and a Jew, fluidly ties together a book of short stories that mournfully capture the reality of life under Communism in the first half of the twentieth century.  I chose this book not because it gives us a  cogent view of the country of Yugoslavia –…

Hypocratic What?

Current Theme:  Eastern Europe   How could I, Georg Letham, a physician, a man of scientific training, of certain philosophical aspirations, let myself be so far carried away as to commit this crime of the gravest sort, the murder of my wife? And that is Ernst Weiss’ opening sentence to his 560 page novel, Georg…