Witold Gombrowicz: Trans-Atlantyk [Trans-Atlantyk] (3347 words)

George Gasyna (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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Witold Gombrowicz’s second novel published during his lifetime, the faux-epic Trans-Atlantyk, is a work unlike any other in modern Polish literature. Written during the Second World War and the immediate post-war years, its author desperately poor and marooned in Argentina, the novel appeared on the scene in 1953 as the antithesis of what was long expected of a Polish writer in times of urgent national trouble.

The manuscript was composed in Buenos Aires and in coastal Argentinean resort towns during the early 1950s, based on notes compiled throughout the 1940s. It was published in an expatriate Polish journal, Kultura, part of the émigré Instytut Literacki imprint based in Paris and …

Citation: Gasyna, George. "Trans-Atlantyk". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2020 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=29111, accessed 09 December 2022.]

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