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By Witold Gombrowicz, Susan Sontag

ISBN-10: 0300082401

ISBN-13: 9780300082401

A reissue of a narrative approximately 30-year-old Ferdydurke, who's crushed by way of a demonic professor who takes him again in time, plunging him into youth, and continuing to show and annihilate the frauds and shams of conventional society.

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1 Abduction Tuesday morning I awoke at that pale and lifeless hour when night is almost gone but dawn has not yet come into its own. Awakened suddenly, I wanted to take a taxi and dash to the railroad station, thinking I was due to leave, when, in the next minute, I realized to my chagrin that no train was waiting for me at the station, that no hour had struck. I lay in the murky light while my body, unbearably frightened, crushed my spirit with fear, and my spirit crushed my body, whose tiniest fibers cringed in apprehension that nothing would ever happen, nothing ever change, that nothing would ever come to pass, and whatever I undertook, nothing, but nothing, would ever come of it.

To Mr. Piorkowski's school. He asked me the other day to fill all the vacancies. The school must stay open. There would be no school without pupils, and no teachers without schools. To school! To school! " "Oh, stop fussing! To school! he then took me by the hand and led me out of the house, and in the street houses stood as usual and people walked about! Help! Police! This was ridiculous! Too ridiculous to be real! Incredible because it was so ridiculous! Too ridiculous even to fight back ...

On the contrary, it intensified even as it was interrupted (or accentuated) by a giggle my mouth could not hold back. I was halfway down the path of my life when I found myself in a dark forest. But this forest, worse luck, was g r e e n. as in the dream. what was I then? A thirty-year-old bridge player? Someone who happened to be working, attending to life's trivia, meeting deadlines? What was my status? and my contemporaries, already married and established, if not in their views on life, at least at various government agencies, treated me with understandable mistrust.

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