Was Gombrowicz the First Post-secularist? Cover Image

Гомбрович – първият постсекуларист?
Was Gombrowicz the First Post-secularist?

Author(s): Łukasz Tischner
Contributor(s): Bogdana Paskaleva (Translator)
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: Witold Gombrowicz’s Diary; literature and religion; post-secular studies; philosophy

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to show the complicated attitude of Witold Gombrowicz towards religion. The writer declared himself an atheist, but numerous fragments of his Diary prove that the strong beliefs about his own disbelief were weakened in many ways. The most important for this issue are two records – from 1956, when the writer read Simone Weil, and then spent the lonely Christmas Eve in Mar del Plata, and from 1958, when he describes a walk up Calvario Hill in Tandil. The author refers to the post-secular manifesto by Jürgen Habermas from 2001, in which the philosopher revised the one-dimensional, Post-Enlightenment secularization theory and proves that Gombrowicz had already done it in his own way some decades before.

  • Issue Year: 5/2019
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 50-61
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian