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First published in 1957 in Poland, Bacacay is a collection of twelve short stories by Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1968), one of the major European literary figures of the 20th century. Stunningly original in both style and content, these stories are often hilarious yet with an undercurrent of profound moral disquiet and horror when the respectable turns slowly but inexorably into the outrageous, conveying both the horrors of upper-class life and the deepest anguish of the human condition. Gombrowicz has perfect pitch for language; he revels in linguistic play, combining words in the most brilliant and extraordinary ways. Here, he creates an utterly unique universe of words in which his characters are embroiled. The commonplace and the everyday are juxtaposed with the bizarre and unsettling to make a world in which unspeakable subconscious urges have a habit of poking through the surface of ordinary life, altering it forever. Bacacay constitutes a remarkable contribution to world literature.
Grotesque, erotic, and often hilarious, the stories immediately established Gombrowicz's extraordinary voice...As creepy as Poe and as absurdist as Kafka."
—Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker
I have always been devoted to the extraordinary novels of Gombrowicz, the great Polish writer who spent most of his creative life exiled in Argentina—a true legend among Latin American writers. And now come his short stories—masterpieces of the absurd and the obsessive, fantastical and yet grounded in a terrifying coherence, another tour de force from one of the most fascinating authors of the twentieth century."