Monday, December 22, 2008

Insatiability/ Nienasycenie

I've been meaning to write "the" post about "Insatiability/ Nienasycenie" and "Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz" for a long time but now that I finally finished this fucking book, there's really nothing to say, except...

it just kind of occurs to me the uselessness of an attempt.



solets do it like this:
-Veljko Vujacic Oberlin College class hands out the Captive Mind Czeslaw Milosz. Chapter 1 talks about Witkiewicz, his novel insatiability, his suicide at the beginning of world war ii as he "saw his dystopic predictions coming true." I belive that he and his girlfriend planned to commit suicide together but he gave her fake drugs so she just passed out and he slit his own wrists.

-Milosz: "Brutal descriptions of erotic scenes alternated with whole pages of discussions on Husserl, Carnap ... The whole book was nothing but a study of decay: mad, dissonant music; erotic perversion; widespread use of narcotics; dispossessed thinking; false conversions to Catholicism; and complex psychopathic personalities." Obviously we have to read this so we Ohiolink it at a time when there's no time to read it but can glance at the introduction, which ends, "...metaphor for a society's total suicide." Months later am able to force sister into Ohiolinking book for me again, because it does not seem available through Brooklyn public library. Finally can read.

-Witkiewicz: "how much he had envied, as a child, classmates in mourning for their parents, as well as the special, almost painful subsexual urge aroused by their sisters in black - a kind of morbid perversion combined with a subconscious desire for emancipation, manhood, the mastering of one's destiny. The future was acquiring a mysterious charm."

Witkiewicz: "it was worse, perhaps (of course 'perhaps': perhapsness)"

"Eliza: Since infinity is really finite, it might as well not exist."

"The enjoyment of life is a supreme art. It cannot be acquired: one has to have a gift for it."

-Witkiewicz: "Life had become fractioned, scattered into thousands of uncoordinated riddles from the mystery of being to the opaque realm of feeling - which was beginning to intrude on reality, alarmingly and ominously so."

-Witkiewicz: "He would have kissed her tumor, the tumor protruding from her body in an anarchic desire to escape the laws of a normally functioning organism. An organism-cum-orgasm ejaculated from the abyss of nonbeing of organs and cells - hers and hers alone. And why, dammit, why?"



-----Ok, enough of these random quotations ripped out of the book! Taken from the musical whole, they are basically meaningless.

---However something about this book makes it seem like the man could see one hundred years ahead of him. His style is insane, unique, and very funny.

--Frequent A-B-A structures where he sets up something, dashes it away, then contradicts himself again by reasserting it.

-The main character Genezip goes through a journey in the book into absolute insanity. He is surrounded by actresses, writers, composers, and a general. His first girlfriend is a much older woman who he has sex with but then who has sex with his cousin while locking him in a closet next to the bedroom. His second girlfriend is a beautiful actress who is the "sex-toy" of the general, and who will do anything for him except let him touch her. The third girl, who he marries, is a nurse who introduces him to the Murti-Bing philosophy of (drugged) passivity and acceptance, but then he actually goes insane on the wedding night and chokes to her death. very disturbing. After that point he is no longer a "main character," he no longer has "interior dialogue," and is only occasionally mentioned as being completely dead and catatonic on the inside.

--And by that point, the "Yellow Wall" or Chinese army has basically completely conquered Europe (metaphor for communism?)

---Anyways, enough of this bedlam.


an individual intensifies his or her feelings of individuality and affirms his/her own uniqueness in the face of an alien universe. As a result, the individual restores temporarily what Witkacy calls Metaphysical Feeling of the Strangeness of Existence, which simultaneously creates a childlike sense of wonder and anxiety.

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