WITOLD GOMBROWICZ: SCENES IN A NON-EUCLIDEAN SPACE (Witold Gombrowicz: sceny w przestrzeni nieeuklidesowej)
The authoress proposes a statement that Gombrowicz's imagination was 'geometric'. Two contemporary mathematical theories seem to be particularly useful for a reading of his early works, fragments of poetic prose of his 'Diary' and the novel 'Kosmos'. These include the crystallographic theory of 'tesselation', that is, regular division of the space, and the assumptions of non-Euclidean geometry, which, contradicting the primary intuitions on space, are devised for constructing models of infinity. The authoress compares Gombrowicz's prose against 'geometrical' prints of M.C. Escher, the artist who made use of, and developed, mathematical intuitions. Fragments of poetic prose and Kosmos were recently described as testimonies to eeriness, illegibility and decomposition of the world (Markowski, Neuger). The present article complements these characteristics by adding a paradoxical 'holistic' aspect derived from analysis of the way space is being built in those works.
CEJSH db identifier