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This Novel, The Author S Masterpiece, Is One Of The Greatest Expressions Ever Of The Tortured Intersection Of Political And Personal Destinies In Eastern Europe Futuristic, Experimental, And Remarkably Prophetic, The Book Traces The Adventures Of A Young Pole Whose Own Fate Parallels The Collapse Of Western Civilization Following A Chinese Communist Invasion From The East Written In , Witkiewicz S Novel Presages The Horrifying Anti Utopian Society That Would Become A Reality For Millions Of Eastern Europeans In The Late S Insatiability Succeeds In Conveying The Catastrophic Mood Of That Time Its Malaise, Its Desires, Its Terrifying Glimpse Of The Future

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    Insatiability, 530 page literary gush from the pen of Polish author Stanis aw Ignacy Witkiewicz aka Witkacy, protein creator par excellence novelist, playwright, photographer, painter the paintings included here are Witkacy s Insatiability, written in the late 1920s, where the fire of romanticism meets the dolor of decadence, reminding me, in turn, of Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred D blin published in the same year , Robert Musil s The Man Without Qualities written mostly during the same period and, for its sheer exuberance and personal pyrotechnics, Henry Miller s Tropic of Cancer insatiability, wherein we follow the rollicking adventures of Polish aristocrat Genezip Kapen aka Zip in a future Poland around the year 2000 Oh, have times changed The first Polish novel published in 1776, The Adventures of Mr Nicholas Wisdom by Ignacy Krasicki, describes a young aristocrat s sojourns in Warsaw and Paris leading him to become a good man and upstanding citizen, a rationalist in the Age of Enlightenment Quite a different story for young Zip I was first introduced to Insatiability via Czes aw Mi osz s The Captive Mind wherein the Nobel prizewinning author points out how Stanis aw Ignacy Witkiewicz s novel foretells Poland overrun by a foreign power For Witkacy, a Chinese cult with their Murti Bing pills turning the Poles passive, so the entire population accepts alien rulers without resistance Of course, in reality, the foreigners were first Nazis and then Soviet Stalinists feeding the Poles Marxist dialectics as a sort of conceptual Murit Bing pill With this in mind, while reading Insatiability I was forever on the lookout for Murti Bing pills but, as it so happened, the first mention of this notorious drug doesn t show up until page 413 This to say the bulk of the novel covers the years preceding anybody in Poland imbibing the foreign substance causing their passivity Translator Louis Iribarne deserves a special call out for rendering the author s Polish into lively, luscious, hip English, as in people had become so stupefied through automation that in time they ceased to know why they did anything and began to blend into a homogenous and stuporous state of poopefaction And, Under such circumstances even the grubbiest, raunchiest blabbermounths and gossipmongering gasbags learned to keep silent and that included the press And, Every passing moment seemed rich with a supreme understanding of that everywhere sought, but eternally elusive, life each succeeding moment seemed to deny the element of finality by exposing new levels of the interior and new domains in the existential realm in other words, everything was screwed up As we follow young Genezip Kapen on his adventures through youthful awakening and spiraling down to insanity indeed, the novel is divided into two parts Awakening and Insanity , a number of key themes and highlights are encountered along the way High Esteem for Art Literature was to be the ideal substitute for life s nagging multiplicity through literature you could devour everything without suffering food poisoning or becoming a cad Keen observations regarding literature, music and the arts are made by Zip and others throughout the novel, most notably Putricides Tenzer, a composer of atonal and unstructured music a la Arnold Schoenberg and the novelist Sturfan Abnol as when he pronounces What I do serves the mysterious aims of my own inner development I m poisoned by unspoken things that I can know only by writing novels Chemically dissolved in my brain, life s mysteries produce ptomaines of sloth, confusion, inertia I must go beyond mere appearances Soaring Metaphysics Husserl, Kant, Einstein, Nietzsche, Bergson they re all here and discussions about their ideas occasionally go on for pages, sometimes serious, sometimes not so serious, for, as Czes aw Mi osz observed, we are never quite sure when Witkacy has his tongue deep in his cheek Zip never read Schopenhauer and didn t have a high regard for pessimism but at times he found himself contemplating suicide, but he went on living out of sheer curiosity about what was going to happen next and about what God, so mysterious in His ability to devise temporal torments Hell, for example, was just eternal boredom , had cooked up for him Mechanization and Regimentation Much than physical or social mechanization such as one finds in Charlie Chaplin s Modern Times, Zip s concern likewise author Witkacy s concern is a psychic mechanization where everyone thinks in the same suffocating categories and willingly lives as identical ants moving around on identical anthills One telling quote People were grinning at each other idiotically, incredulous that they could feel anything Like a rock rising up in the receding waters of an ebb tide, one truth, one value, was emerging society as a fact in itself Scathing Cultural Commentary Witkacy doesn t hold back poking his long satiric needle into the belly of politics and the prevailing culture as when he cites the League in Defense of a More Humane War placing a worldwide ban on chemical gas and airplanes Love that humane war if Europe is plunged into another war, by all means, let it be the most humane type of war We wouldn t want all that messy inhumane stuff Scintillating Self Reference There it is right at the bottom of page 327, the author makes a direct reference to his very own art Before the curtain, an utter monstrosity crying out to Witkiewicz s Pure Form for revenge as a reader you know Witkacy has the good sense to take the dissolution of his country s culture seriously but not to take himself too seriously In a Gadda Da Vida, Honey Zip and those around him partake of cocaine, peyote and other recently imported drugs into Poland Zip under the influence Time was moving at a frantic clip Hundreds of years became squeezed into seconds what De Quincey experienced under the influence of opium as if time had been compressed into pills of condensed duration Murti Bing Pills I encourage you to read this overlooked European classic for yourself One last quote about Poland s impending nightmare feel free to substitute Nazism or Communism for Witkacy s Chinese Murti Bing Pills Normally a person would take the pills, then proceed to the indoctrination stage Zip decided to do the opposite to become initiated first, then take the pills But such decisions do not always work out in practice Even Russian literature was nearing the end the possibilities were indeed shrinking People tread an even smaller patch, like those clinging to a sinking iceberg Fiction, following the example of the Pure Arts, was headed for the abyss And are we not right to be scornful While a good narcotic is still okay, a fake narcotic that fails to work the way it should but still produces all the bad side effects is worthy of contempt, and its manufacturers are a bunch of swindlers But, alas, fiction written for the sake of fiction, without a purely artistic justification as in poetry, for example, where a violation of the sense is justified , fiction without substance, has proved to be an invention on the part of verbally gifted morons and graphomaniacs Stanis aw Ignacy Witkiewicz, InsatiabilityStanis aw Ignacy Witkiewicz, 1885 1939

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    This is a book that deserves to be better known It s the kind of thing that all readers of 1984 and Brave New World would appreciate I managed to read this only because I found a neglected copy in the university library when I was a student when I ought to have been looking for other things but in my defence it was recommended by the Rough guide to Poland and since at the time I was due to go to Torun for a Summer school it seemed a good idea to read a book which would be utterly unhelpful with regard to my then immediate future.The book has a great fin de siecle atmosphere, fantastical and comical by turns, set in an alternative semi fantastical world Western Europe is obviously hopelessly decadent, Russia a mass of petty states slowly being conquered by an advancing Asiatic Empire Poland the single bulwark of order and of European values, as a strange esoteric drug culture featuring drugs which offer hallucinogenic experiences that can be tailored to the individual taking them sweeps in from the East But never fear a Marshal Pilsudski figure is intent on saving Poland, in part by ever increasing the proportion of officers in the Polish Army until there are at least ten officers for every soldier Thinking of this book it feels far prescient now than it was at the time when it was written One could draw a direct line from Witkiewicz s playfulness to the current Law and Justice administration, I m not sure if that is mildly scary or just is to make an obvious point about the deeper currents in our cultures Perhaps it has been a strand in Polish thinking to see themselves as the bulwark of Europe since, well forever, as on the otherside of the forest Russia begins except when Lithuania intervenes I imagine the spiritual drug culture in this book owes as much to Theosophy as to anything else yet it also plugs into the long standing fascination in Europe for the spiritual life of Asia, it remains ever green even if the Chinese take over promises to be moderately subtle nowadays than by the sword I d read this again if I could find a copy.

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    Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz had an absolutely original mentality and as a result there is an absolutely original absurdist dystopia Insatiability.He played fiendishly, brutally, savagely, inhumanly, sadistically, extracting his listeners entrails and wallowing in them the way Gilles de Rais was said to have done with his victims, gorging on the metaphysical pain of these human wrecks, rescuing them from the quotidian and catapulting them into a boundless eschatological awe and wonder This was art, not the sort of piano thumping performed by blas virtuosi or intellectual designers of new sensual thrills for hysterical females.And this is exactly the way Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz writes he turns his narration into a firework of schizoid images with which he literally extracts his readers entrails In the first part of the novel, The Awakening the hero physiologically, sensually, mentally and metaphysically wakes up to the surrounding reality The fact remained everything is This was not the banal truism it seemed A subconscious, purely sensual ontology, animistic in the main, is nothing compared to that first glimmering of a conceptual ontology, to that first general existential perception Until now, the mere fact of his own being had not impressed him Now, for the first time, he could grasp its sheer impenetrability His distant childhood loomed up in his innocent imagination like some golden and enchanted world a world of blissful, irretrievable days, shimmering in a dust of unearthly longing The second part Insanity is the story of the total madness mental, sexual, metaphysical and historical Terrible rumors were making the rounds Rank gossip, hatched from the darkest, mustiest skulls and the most putrescent guts in place of withered up hearts , had materialized, ripened, and oozed into hard reality in the flurry of aperitifs and hors d oeuvres in this atmosphere of desperate and suicidal gluttony, dipsomania, and debauchery in step with the mesmerizing sounds produced by a fatally cloacal and no longer simply honky tonk music capable of grinding everything and everyone into mindless crap Grand Ole Cunt and Peewee Prick were wailing away on their hypersaxophones, tremolos, plectrums, gargantuafarts, and cymbaltingles, accompanied by a triple organo piano In Insatiability Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz managed to catch all the craze of the time and all its trends freudianism, Stalinism, militarism, avant gardism, free love, jazz, cocaine If one can t achieve happiness one turns to its ideological or chemical substitutes and destroys oneself completely.

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    A challenging, vengeful, manic, weird, gloriously random, obscure panegyric A dystopian, war like, anti war novel The Polish Gravity s Rainbow, rendered less comprehensible via translation There is still a lot to gain, absorb and relish about this book, even if every other sentence goes in one ear and out the other The punning goes on and on an on, and examine the evidence of hundreds of notes before deciding whether your efforts to understand this book in its entirety are worthwhile Self references abound, along with comments on war, personal hygiene, lots of phallocentric jokes, goofy asides, well formed rational arguments alongside pure, indulgent sexual fantasy.Like Wyndham Lewis The Apes of God, this is a book adored by other writers among them Gombrowicz but difficult for readers of our age to appreciate A profusion of characters carry on conversations containing so many scattered references of the early Twentieth Century European variety, that you will undoubtedly feel mind boggled at some point, unless you are an expert in that slice of political history.The anti imperialism undercurrent is a little distracting, but so is everything else This is a big book of distractions A high brow, low brow grimacing anomaly.I much prefer Alfred Doblin s Berlin Alexanderplatz and the aforementioned work of Wyndham Lewis But Genezip feels akin to Pynchon s protagonists in that we rarely get the chance to form a picture of his adventures because so many contradictions and accusations and thoughts and digressions interpolate the flow of narrative, but his charm and obvious intelligence inspire confidence, and keep us turning pages hopefully Brilliantly witty in parts, abstruse and variable in its literary delivery of straight faced fecal humor, Insatiability is a way ahead of its time tome It will superimpose a unique frame of mind upon your own Some call it an experimental masterpiece I call it a guaranteed amusing, re readable puzzle, that is both tiresome and impenetrable, while never ceasing to enjoy it out of the crevices of my squinting with consternation eyes.

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    It is inevitable for a work of literature to be infused with its author s personality in multiple ways, not the least of which are their intellectual and artistic dispositions Quite early on while reading Insatiability, I caught my thoughts going back to Mervyn Peake Peake s vivid and visual writing had greatly charmed me in Titus Groan A look at Witkeiwicz s wikipedia page informed me that he too, like Peake, had been a painter His writing undoubtedly has a visual characteristic as well Peake had used his visual writing to draw striking scene descriptions and conveying the atmosphere of a setting Witkeiwicz uses his visual style to not only portray the scene, but, to some extent, while describing the thoughts of the characters as well Like the very first brush stroke on a blank canvas full of possibilities, you will see a tiny thought bubble germinate in a character s mind It will then slowly and deliberately begin to flourish, and some recognizable forms and structures will begin to appear And soon Rome would have been built where there had only been a barren canvas several sentences ago I don t have a copy at hand at the moment to quote any excerpts, but here is one of Witkeiwicz s self portraits Paintings by Authors When great authors pick up the brush.A brief survey of famous writers who also made art.

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    It is a difficult book to explain It fits within the strange and perverse literary universe, between Lautr amont s Songs of Maldoror and Alfred Jarry s Days Nights Complicated, perverse and at times unwieldy, I was mesmerized and overwhelmed, simultaneously I vacillated between being unable to put the book down, to being incapable of reading another sentence but I finished it Written in a language that is fantastic and punful, even in translation, with grotesque and unreal characters it has a basic story plot a coming of age story for the main character, Genezip Kapen, and his initiation into the sexuality His initial sexual, romantic relationship and involvement with a group of artistic sadists eventually corrupts him and he loses his mind Genezip, or Zip, runs off to join the military and then has a few mind loosening romances, which he ends up committing and participating in some unsavory acts Zip occupies an unsettling world, where Europe is under threat of Communist China s takeover, and Poland is embroiled in war with China.Overall, Insatiability is a difficult novel to write about, because it spans so many ideas that it would take another book to explain it all It doesn t deal with the development of characters, rather, the characters like Zip, are an unfolding of a reaction What happens when a young, freedom seeker comes into contact with decadent, artistic ideas, unfettered sexuality, and war It is as though Witkiewicz decided to conduct an experiment in a future world where values and intimacy and been replaced by lust and neurosis, and the novel became the document Witkiewicz wrote Insatiability during the two world wars the erosion of idealism and the political anxiety for the future are present Witkiewicz throws his combating constructs of art, politics, and individuality into the word mix which make up this novel A painter, playwright, philosopher, he used his novels as a hulking receptacle where these raucous conceits run amok.

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    There is something indelicately, yet refreshingly, agonizing to re reading something that you have personally regarded as a pinnacle of literature since your early 20s, only to find that this masterpiece that you have, over the decades, recommended blindly to countless associates, peers, and potential sexual partners, is just downright fucking terrible.That it is Witkiewicz that we re talking about, though, somehow makes it all better It makes perfect sense to find that the crowning prose achievement of the consummate clown, social abberation, drug addict, anthropologist fucking, and malevolent absurdist Witkiewicz is, indeed, a colossal mountain of steaming, Tatran donkey shit.Before I go on, I must observe that I have an immense amount of respect and admiration for Witkiewicz as one of those sublime fellow idiots who makes pretensions to the Arts always capitalized His portraiture work, his photography and his paintings, not to speak of his dramatic output, are outstanding achievements of one of his purest, dearly held notions that the individual not drown in the collective anthillism that he saw dogging the aesthetic world, and the rest of society, for that matter He is unique, alone, and alien Like many of his ilk I can easily compare him to say, Flann O Brien or Thomas Pynchon off the top of my head , he was an insufferable loner and impossible to classify He was the avant garde of the avant garde, the tip o the wink at brothel s door, the brown turtle s nose, and so on His long held aesthetic principle of Pure Form chose form over content as the artist s guiding principle, as exemplified in his focus on dramatic works and the symbolism of conveyance and performance rather than any obvious, salient meaning to the text itself, and in his portraiture, in which intense close ups and framings of his subjects focus on capturing poise and innate intensity rather than a theme or subject W was known to collect pictures of philosophers so he could study their physique as well as their thought.Abandoning his own aesthetic principles a good way into his artistic career, he turned to a mockery of commercial portraiture and wrote much of his prose stuff during this period In many ways, Insatiability represents a complete turning over of the idea of Pure Form on its head, where content is everything, to the exclusion of any sort of formal aesthetic This only partly explains why the novel is not very good The prose is dense and thick, with little narrative progression and that which there is, is largely uninteresting The plot advances in fits and starts a future, dystopian Europe prepares for the onslaught of a Chinese army, a new Mongol invasion, conquering Eurasia Poland is the bulwark against the forces and the few main characters get involved in the coming conflict The Chinese bring in their stead, a drug called Murti Bing, basically ingestible enlightenment which placates one and nullifies resistance to their conquest.This all sounds well and good, except most of the novel has little to do with that all too brief but sufficient description Instead, what we have is a giant mess of philosophical and pseudo political polemics and dialogues that veers back and forth between a kind of sexually flavored would be utopianism, sprinkled with sado masochistic tendencies, and experiments with homosexuality and strange ontological confusions which bring in everything from Husserl towell, I don t know what If there was some way to streamline or compartmentalize these wayward strands of thought, it might make for a interesting read, but Witkiewicz really went balls to the wall to try and revamp the novel What he ended up with was a gross exaggeration of the 19th century spiritual epic, a kind of hideously swollen Dostoevskyian miasma, impenetrable and with little of note The erotic sections, and one must mention them since the first quarter of the book is concerned with the main character s deflowering at the hands of a much older noblewoman, are scanty and stiff and could have been the novel s redeeming and humorous core Instead, even these bits which Witkiewicz certainly could ve handled deftly are a bore.I realize I m in a minority here, even within my own mind, which causes confusions galore Like I said, I have always adored Witkiewicz s art and I remember liking this novel a lot better twenty years ago, but, as he would have it, I can t hide my displeasure I m shocked but perhaps unjustly so to read reviews of this novel that laud it to the heavens, often blindly Warning signs always go off when I see reviews that quote other reviews or shudder the dreaded back cover blurb summary , that is, the plot exposition garnered directly off the back cover, for I have to wonder, did these people actually read the book And if so, can t they tell me directly what there really is to enjoy here I certainly couldn t find it But maybe that s what Witkiewicz wanted It would be just like him.I ll give it another go in 2035

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    Un capolavoro semisconosciutoUn grande libro L educazione alla vita del giovane Genezyp Kapen in un mondo sull orlo della catastrofe, tra comunisti cinesi che stanno conquistandolo e la resistenza di una Polonia dominata dal dittatore Kocmoluchowicz Tutto il genio tormentato di Witkiewicz emerge in una scrittura potente ed in una straordinaria capacit immaginativa Poco dopo non rester che il suicidio di fronte alla Polonia invasa da due fronti.

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    I love Witkiewicz as an artist His drawings are expressive and have a touch of insanity about them I had also read about this book and gone to so much trouble trying to get hold of it so, you can imagine, I was really looking forward to reading this oneOh dear Perhaps it s my age.I found this book difficult to get into but was prepared to give it a go I struggled It starts as a pseudo intellectual self analysis of adolescent sexual desires and religious belief, of relationships with parents and friends A tantalising reference to war and communist invasion is thrown in but most of that first chapter, and indeed the one that follows which is set in an aristocratic party the words just begin to merge and I found contemplating my navel much stimulating Pompous words and ideas just roll off in some sort of autonomous writing experiment I reall did lose the will to live Life is too short