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“Without the sun, it is impossible to understand South America.”

Seeking to interest the Polish public, Witold Gombrowicz presents Argentina to his compatriots. He begins with a description of Polish exiles in Argentina, followed by those of Argentinians and of the countryside he travels through.

 

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Gombrowicz addresses his compatriots from the country he left twenty years before, so that they may discover the land that welcomed him.

Witold Gombrowicz compares America and Poland, the Argentinian and the Pole, and the women of the two nations. What would a Pole have done in this Argentinian space, in these circumstances?
Gombrowicz is moved by the beauty of Argentinian youth. This feeling is echoed as well in his Diary. With Peregrinations, Gombrowicz is delving into comparative psychology.

 

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Two icons of femininity. At left, Jadwiga Smosarska, the star of Polish pre-war cinema. At right, Evita Peron, the Argentinian legend.


Witold Gombrowicz travels across Argentina, reaching the highest point of the Cordillera in the Andes, Aconcagua, Iguazu Falls. Gombrowicz the Poet describes Argentina in its wild splendor.

 

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Gombrowicz forges for the Polish people an understanding of the soul and character of a place at the other end of the world.


Then: Five chronicles on existentialism. This is Gombrowicz the Professor of Philosophy, whose voice was broadcast on the waves of Radio Free Europe jammed by Communist authorities.

The book ends with an Indian legend: The bad-luck hummingbird.

 

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