Author: Wojciech Kaute
Institution: Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach
Year of publication: 2017
Source: Show
Pages: 105-121
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PDF: tpom/26/tpom2607.pdf

Poland and the West. THE DIARY by Witold Gombrowicz

For generations the basic problem of the Polish culture has been the issue concerning the answer to the question about the relation: Poland and the West. The two opposing standpoints have been established. According to the first one, Poland perceived as the gentry culture, compared to the modern West differs in a positive way. According to the second one – just the opposite – in a negative way. W. Gombrowicz in the Diary presented the third point of view. According to him the civilizational backwardness of Poland as compared with the modern Europe which has lost its “humanity” poses a chance. One should make the most of this opportunity.

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