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Some time ago colleague and friend to be Ernst W. (don’t forget to visit his—steadily growing yet rather nice— website) told me to read the book Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz. He then passed me a copy of this (often translated) book to lend, and I started reading it. Although I’m not done readin’ yet, I guess it’s save to say it’s one of the best and most awkward books you’ll ever read.

It’s a 1939 book about a man who’s changing into to the person that other people have decided him to become, simply because they’re already seeing him as that person. The man is obviously not too sure of what he is, as he cannot escape their judgement while he’s looking for his true self. It’s just more convenient to become his own mask in a way. Terribly funny surreal beauty, baby! 100 years after Witold was born, here’s a Snij/HuMobist book tip you won’t regret reading.

As I found out just now, the book’s also been adapted for celluloid in a french/polish coproduction of a Jerzy Skolimowski (who I guess is, like Gombrowicz himself, Polish) film. I haven’t seen it, but there’s a quite nice review on the IMDb right here.