Witold Gombrowicz's

Wspólnotowy rytuał ofiarniczy: "Trans-Atlantyk" Witolda Gombrowicza
Witold Gombrowicz's "Trans-Atlantyk": A Community Sacrificial Ritual

Author(s): Przemysław Czapliński
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: The present interpretation of Trans-Atlantyk focuses on the notions of ojczyzna [lit., ‘(the) fatherland’] and synczyzna [lit., ‘(a) son’s-land’], understood as two types of community. The Author has attempted at proving that any differences between the two prove to be apparent, and similarities strong, which leads one to a question about a ‘community of laugh’ (as shown in the closing section of the novel; about whether it is possible to read Trans-Atlantyk without a disregard today; and, whether ‘Gombrowicz’s boat’ has successfully carried any contraband onboard into our contemporary time.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 27-37
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish