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This is a book that deserves to be better known It s the kind of thing that all readers of 1984 and Brave New World would appreciate I managed to read this only because I found a neglected copy in the university library when I was a student when I ought to have been looking for other things but in my defence it was recommended by the Rough guide to Poland and since at the time I was due to go to Torun for a Summer school it seemed a good idea to read a book which would be utterly unhelpful with regard to my then immediate future.The book has a great fin de siecle atmosphere, fantastical and comical by turns, set in an alternative semi fantastical world Western Europe is obviously hopelessly decadent, Russia a mass of petty states slowly being conquered by an advancing Asiatic Empire Poland the single bulwark of order and of European values, as a strange esoteric drug culture featuring drugs which offer hallucinogenic experiences that can be tailored to the individual taking them sweeps in from the East But never fear a Marshal Pilsudski figure is intent on saving Poland, in part by ever increasing the proportion of officers in the Polish Army until there are at least ten officers for every soldier Thinking of this book it feels far prescient now than it was at the time when it was written One could draw a direct line from Witkiewicz s playfulness to the current Law and Justice administration, I m not sure if that is mildly scary or just is to make an obvious point about the deeper currents in our cultures Perhaps it has been a strand in Polish thinking to see themselves as the bulwark of Europe since, well forever, as on the otherside of the forest Russia begins except when Lithuania intervenes I imagine the spiritual drug culture in this book owes as much to Theosophy as to anything else yet it also plugs into the long standing fascination in Europe for the spiritual life of Asia, it remains ever green even if the Chinese take over promises to be moderately subtle nowadays than by the sword I d read this again if I could find a copy. It is inevitable for a work of literature to be infused with its author s personality in multiple ways, not the least of which are their intellectual and artistic dispositions Quite early on while reading Insatiability, I caught my thoughts going back to Mervyn Peake Peake s vivid and visual writing had greatly charmed me in Titus Groan A look at Witkeiwicz s wikipedia page informed me that he too, like Peake, had been a painter His writing undoubtedly has a visual characteristic as well Peake had used his visual writing to draw striking scene descriptions and conveying the atmosphere of a setting Witkeiwicz uses his visual style to not only portray the scene, but, to some extent, while describing the thoughts of the characters as well Like the very first brush stroke on a blank canvas full of possibilities, you will see a tiny thought bubble germinate in a character s mind It will then slowly and deliberately begin to flourish, and some recognizable forms and structures will begin to appear And soon Rome would have been built where there had only been a barren canvas several sentences ago I don t have a copy at hand at the moment to quote any excerpts, but here is one of Witkeiwicz s self portraits Paintings by Authors When great authors pick up the brush.A brief survey of famous writers who also made art. Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz had an absolutely original mentality and as a result there is an absolutely original absurdist dystopia Insatiability.He played fiendishly, brutally, savagely, inhumanly, sadistically, extracting his listeners entrails and wallowing in them the way Gilles de Rais was said to have done with his victims, gorging on the metaphysical pain of these human wrecks, rescuing them from the quotidian and catapulting them into a boundless eschatological awe and wonder This was art, not the sort of piano thumping performed by blas virtuosi or intellectual designers of new sensual thrills for hysterical females.And this is exactly the way Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz writes he turns his narration into a firework of schizoid images with which he literally extracts his readers entrails In the first part of the novel, The Awakening the hero physiologically, sensually, mentally and metaphysically wakes up to the surrounding reality The fact remained everything is This was not the banal truism it seemed A subconscious, purely sensual ontology, animistic in the main, is nothing compared to that first glimmering of a conceptual ontology, to that first general existential perception Until now, the mere fact of his own being had not impressed him Now, for the first time, he could grasp its sheer impenetrability His distant childhood loomed up in his innocent imagination like some golden and enchanted world a world of blissful, irretrievable days, shimmering in a dust of unearthly longing The second part Insanity is the story of the total madness mental, sexual, metaphysical and historical Terrible rumors were making the rounds Rank gossip, hatched from the darkest, mustiest skulls and the most putrescent guts in place of withered up hearts , had materialized, ripened, and oozed into hard reality in the flurry of aperitifs and hors d oeuvres in this atmosphere of desperate and suicidal gluttony, dipsomania, and debauchery in step with the mesmerizing sounds produced by a fatally cloacal and no longer simply honky tonk music capable of grinding everything and everyone into mindless crap Grand Ole Cunt and Peewee Prick were wailing away on their hypersaxophones, tremolos, plectrums, gargantuafarts, and cymbaltingles, accompanied by a triple organo piano In Insatiability Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz managed to catch all the craze of the time and all its trends freudianism, Stalinism, militarism, avant gardism, free love, jazz, cocaine If one can t achieve happiness one turns to its ideological or chemical substitutes and destroys oneself completely. A challenging, vengeful, manic, weird, gloriously random, obscure panegyric A dystopian, war like, anti war novel The Polish Gravity s Rainbow, rendered less comprehensible via translation There is still a lot to gain, absorb and relish about this book, even if every other sentence goes in one ear and out the other The punning goes on and on an on, and examine the evidence of hundreds of notes before deciding whether your efforts to understand this book in its entirety are worthwhile Self references abound, along with comments on war, personal hygiene, lots of phallocentric jokes, goofy asides, well formed rational arguments alongside pure, indulgent sexual fantasy.Like Wyndham Lewis The Apes of God, this is a book adored by other writers among them Gombrowicz but difficult for readers of our age to appreciate A profusion of characters carry on conversations containing so many scattered references of the early Twentieth Century European variety, that you will undoubtedly feel mind boggled at some point, unless you are an expert in that slice of political history.The anti imperialism undercurrent is a little distracting, but so is everything else This is a big book of distractions A high brow, low brow grimacing anomaly.I much prefer Alfred Doblin s Berlin Alexanderplatz and the aforementioned work of Wyndham Lewis But Genezip feels akin to Pynchon s protagonists in that we rarely get the chance to form a picture of his adventures because so many contradictions and accusations and thoughts and digressions interpolate the flow of narrative, but his charm and obvious intelligence inspire confidence, and keep us turning pages hopefully Brilliantly witty in parts, abstruse and variable in its literary delivery of straight faced fecal humor, Insatiability is a way ahead of its time tome It will superimpose a unique frame of mind upon your own Some call it an experimental masterpiece I call it a guaranteed amusing, re readable puzzle, that is both tiresome and impenetrable, while never ceasing to enjoy it out of the crevices of my squinting with consternation eyes. There is something indelicately, yet refreshingly, agonizing to re reading something that you have personally regarded as a pinnacle of literature since your early 20s, only to find that this masterpiece that you have, over the decades, recommended blindly to countless associates, peers, and potential sexual partners, is just downright fucking terrible.That it is Witkiewicz that we re talking about, though, somehow makes it all better It makes perfect sense to find that the crowning prose achievement of the consummate clown, social abberation, drug addict, anthropologist fucking, and malevolent absurdist Witkiewicz is, indeed, a colossal mountain of steaming, Tatran donkey shit.Before I go on, I must observe that I have an immense amount of respect and admiration for Witkiewicz as one of those sublime fellow idiots who makes pretensions to the Arts always capitalized His portraiture work, his photography and his paintings, not to speak of his dramatic output, are outstanding achievements of one of his purest, dearly held notions that the individual not drown in the collective anthillism that he saw dogging the aesthetic world, and the rest of society, for that matter He is unique, alone, and alien Like many of his ilk I can easily compare him to say, Flann O Brien or Thomas Pynchon off the top of my head , he was an insufferable loner and impossible to classify He was the avant garde of the avant garde, the tip o the wink at brothel s door, the brown turtle s nose, and so on His long held aesthetic principle of Pure Form chose form over content as the artist s guiding principle, as exemplified in his focus on dramatic works and the symbolism of conveyance and performance rather than any obvious, salient meaning to the text itself, and in his portraiture, in which intense close ups and framings of his subjects focus on capturing poise and innate intensity rather than a theme or subject W was known to collect pictures of philosophers so he could study their physique as well as their thought.Abandoning his own aesthetic principles a good way into his artistic career, he turned to a mockery of commercial portraiture and wrote much of his prose stuff during this period In many ways, Insatiability represents a complete turning over of the idea of Pure Form on its head, where content is everything, to the exclusion of any sort of formal aesthetic This only partly explains why the novel is not very good The prose is dense and thick, with little narrative progression and that which there is, is largely uninteresting The plot advances in fits and starts a future, dystopian Europe prepares for the onslaught of a Chinese army, a new Mongol invasion, conquering Eurasia Poland is the bulwark against the forces and the few main characters get involved in the coming conflict The Chinese bring in their stead, a drug called Murti Bing, basically ingestible enlightenment which placates one and nullifies resistance to their conquest.This all sounds well and good, except most of the novel has little to do with that all too brief but sufficient description Instead, what we have is a giant mess of philosophical and pseudo political polemics and dialogues that veers back and forth between a kind of sexually flavored would be utopianism, sprinkled with sado masochistic tendencies, and experiments with homosexuality and strange ontological confusions which bring in everything from Husserl towell, I don t know what If there was some way to streamline or compartmentalize these wayward strands of thought, it might make for a interesting read, but Witkiewicz really went balls to the wall to try and revamp the novel What he ended up with was a gross exaggeration of the 19th century spiritual epic, a kind of hideously swollen Dostoevskyian miasma, impenetrable and with little of note The erotic sections, and one must mention them since the first quarter of the book is concerned with the main character s deflowering at the hands of a much older noblewoman, are scanty and stiff and could have been the novel s redeeming and humorous core Instead, even these bits which Witkiewicz certainly could ve handled deftly are a bore.I realize I m in a minority here, even within my own mind, which causes confusions galore Like I said, I have always adored Witkiewicz s art and I remember liking this novel a lot better twenty years ago, but, as he would have it, I can t hide my displeasure I m shocked but perhaps unjustly so to read reviews of this novel that laud it to the heavens, often blindly Warning signs always go off when I see reviews that quote other reviews or shudder the dreaded back cover blurb summary , that is, the plot exposition garnered directly off the back cover, for I have to wonder, did these people actually read the book And if so, can t they tell me directly what there really is to enjoy here I certainly couldn t find it But maybe that s what Witkiewicz wanted It would be just like him.I ll give it another go in 2035 It is a difficult book to explain It fits within the strange and perverse literary universe, between Lautr amont s Songs of Maldoror and Alfred Jarry s Days Nights Complicated, perverse and at times unwieldy, I was mesmerized and overwhelmed, simultaneously I vacillated between being unable to put the book down, to being incapable of reading another sentence but I finished it Written in a language that is fantastic and punful, even in translation, with grotesque and unreal characters it has a basic story plot a coming of age story for the main character, Genezip Kapen, and his initiation into the sexuality His initial sexual, romantic relationship and involvement with a group of artistic sadists eventually corrupts him and he loses his mind Genezip, or Zip, runs off to join the military and then has a few mind loosening romances, which he ends up committing and participating in some unsavory acts Zip occupies an unsettling world, where Europe is under threat of Communist China s takeover, and Poland is embroiled in war with China.Overall, Insatiability is a difficult novel to write about, because it spans so many ideas that it would take another book to explain it all It doesn t deal with the development of characters, rather, the characters like Zip, are an unfolding of a reaction What happens when a young, freedom seeker comes into contact with decadent, artistic ideas, unfettered sexuality, and war It is as though Witkiewicz decided to conduct an experiment in a future world where values and intimacy and been replaced by lust and neurosis, and the novel became the document Witkiewicz wrote Insatiability during the two world wars the erosion of idealism and the political anxiety for the future are present Witkiewicz throws his combating constructs of art, politics, and individuality into the word mix which make up this novel A painter, playwright, philosopher, he used his novels as a hulking receptacle where these raucous conceits run amok. I love Witkiewicz as an artist His drawings are expressive and have a touch of insanity about them I had also read about this book and gone to so much trouble trying to get hold of it so, you can imagine, I was really looking forward to reading this oneOh dear Perhaps it s my age.I found this book difficult to get into but was prepared to give it a go I struggled It starts as a pseudo intellectual self analysis of adolescent sexual desires and religious belief, of relationships with parents and friends A tantalising reference to war and communist invasion is thrown in but most of that first chapter, and indeed the one that follows which is set in an aristocratic party the words just begin to merge and I found contemplating my navel much stimulating Pompous words and ideas just roll off in some sort of autonomous writing experiment I reall did lose the will to live Life is too short This is 5 5 I would not remove any single word from this book If you found yourself as a person truly disgusted by the present times with its power of mediocrity, if you truly crave for a man and not a society, and finally if you truly lust for some pure art, without any utilitarianism yeah, just go for it. This novel, the author s masterpiece, is one of the greatest expressions ever of the tortured intersection of political and personal destinies in Eastern Europe Futuristic, experimental, and remarkably prophetic, the book traces the adventures of a young Pole whose own fate parallels the collapse of Western civilization following a Chinese communist invasion from the East Written in 1927, Witkiewicz s novel presages the horrifying anti utopian society that would become a reality for millions of Eastern Europeans in the late 1930s Insatiability succeeds in conveying the catastrophic mood of that time its malaise, its desires, its terrifying glimpse of the future. If I could only take one book to an island