New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1966. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Serious literature does not exist to make life easy but to complicate it." First US edition of Polish literary lion Witold Gombrowicz’s hallucinatory masterpiece. Although published for the first time in 1960, Gombrowicz began writing what fellow Polish novelist Czeslaw Milosz called a "degenerate and disgusting work" nearly 20 years prior, not long after leaving his home country for Argentina after the outbreak of World War II. The narrative, which revolves around two Polish intellectuals in wartime Germany who construct a perverse and manipulative game enacted on a pair of adolescents, was the author’s nightmarish interpretation of what was taking place in a disintegrating Europe. Dust jacket designed by Kuhlman Associates. Light creasing to top edge of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #3126