A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes

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Yale University Press
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5.07 X 7.72 X 0.4 inches | 0.33 pounds
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About the Author

Witold Gombrowicz is the author of Ferdydurke, Trans-Atlantyk, Cosmos, and Pornografia, the first three available from Yale University Press. These, along with his plays and the three-volume Diary, have been translated into more than thirty languages. Benjamin Ivry is an American writer on the arts, a broadcaster, and a translator.


"Gombrowicz is brilliantly, savagely funny--a philosophical, stylistic and comic genius in one. . . . The weight of a powerful intellect is leavened by both linguistic daring and an infectious sense of whimsy."--Benjamin Paloff, The Nation

"Who hasn't wished for a painless way to find out what the big shots of philosophy--Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre--thought of the human condition? It has never been easy reading such formidable thinkers, and most explainers and textbooks either get it wrong or massacre the language. So imagine my pleasure in opening [this] exceptional effort at summarizing concepts. . . . The course in philosophy you wish you had taken."--David Lehman, Bloomberg News

"A Gombrowicz book holds the spell of a detective novel that grips our attention to the very end. . . . Benjamin Ivry has several fine translations from French to his credit. His Gombrowicz is no exception. Let us simply say that A Guide to Philosophy reads as if it were written in English rather than translated from French. . . . His guide to philosophy is full of jewels of wisdom definitely worth exploring."--Aleksandra Gruzinska, Rocky Mountain News

"The language is both earthy and professional, and it jolts the reader into a realization that 'the meaning of meaning' is by no means self-evident. . . . A Guide to Philosophy is vintage Gombrowicz: concise, sober, lucid, and radically agnostic."--Ewa Thompson, Slavic and East European Journal

"The Guide is more valuable than it might at first appear precisely because it is so pithy, . . . providing readers prompts to philosophize on their own, taking up and developing this necessary activity for themselves."--James P. Hammersmith, Southern Humanities Review

"A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."--Denis Hollier, New York University