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This novel the author's masterpiece is one of the greatest expressions ever of the tortured intersection of political and personal destinies in Eastern Europe Futuristic experimental and remarkably prophetic the book traces the adventures of a young Pole whose own fate parallels the collapse of Western civilization following a Chinese communist invasion from the East Written in 1927 Witkiewicz's novel presages the horrifying anti utopian society that would become a reality for millions of Eastern Europeans in the late 1930s Insatiability succeeds in conveying the catastrophic mood of that time its malaise its desires its terrifying glimpse of the future

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  1. says:

    Insatiability 530 page literary gush from the pen of Polish author Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz aka Witkacy protein creator par excellence novelist playwright photographer painter the paintings included here are Witkacy's Insatiability written in the late 1920s where the fire of romanticism meets the dolor of decadence reminding me in turn of Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin published in the same year Robert Musil's The Man Without ualities written mostly during the same period and for its sheer exuberance and personal pyrotechnics Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer insatiability wherein we follow the rollicking adventures of Polish aristocrat Genezip Kapen aka Zip in a future Poland around the year 2000 Oh have times changed The first Polish novel published in 1776 The Adventures of Mr Nicholas Wisdom by Ignacy Krasicki describes a young aristocrat's sojourns in Warsaw and Paris leading him to become a good man and upstanding citizen a rationalist in the Age of Enlightenment uite a different story for young Zip I was first introduced to Insatiability via Czesław Miłosz's The Captive Mind wherein the Nobel prizewinning author points out how Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz's novel foretells Poland overrun by a foreign power For Witkacy a Chinese cult with their Murti Bing pills turning the Poles passive so the entire population accepts alien rulers without resistance Of course in reality the foreigners were first Nazis and then Soviet Stalinists feeding the Poles Marxist dialectics as a sort of conceptual Murit Bing pill With this in mind while reading Insatiability I was forever on the lookout for Murti Bing pills but as it so happened the first mention of this notorious drug doesn't show up until page 413 This to say the bulk of the novel covers the years preceding anybody in Poland imbibing the foreign substance causing their passivity Translator Louis Iribarne deserves a special call out for rendering the author's Polish into lively luscious hip English as in people had become so stupefied through automation that in time they ceased to know why they did anything and began to blend into a homogenous and stuporous state of poopefaction And Under such circumstances even the grubbiest raunchiest blabbermounths and gossipmongering gasbags learned to keep silent and that included the press And Every passing moment seemed rich with a supreme understanding of that everywhere sought but eternally elusive life each succeeding moment seemed to deny the element of finality by exposing new levels of the interior and new domains in the existential realm in other words everything was screwed up As we follow young Genezip Kapen on his adventures through youthful awakening and spiraling down to insanity indeed the novel is divided into two parts Awakening and Insanity a number of key themes and highlights are encountered along the way High Esteem for Art Literature was to be the ideal substitute for life's nagging multiplicity through literature you could devour everything without suffering food poisoning or becoming a cad Keen observations regarding literature music and the arts are made by Zip and others throughout the novel most notably Putricides Tenzer a composer of atonal and unstructured music a la Arnold Schoenberg and the novelist Sturfan Abnol as when he pronounces What I do serves the mysterious aims of my own inner development I'm poisoned by unspoken things that I can know only by writing novels Chemically dissolved in my brain life's mysteries produce ptomaines of sloth confusion inertia I must go beyond mere appearances Soaring Metaphysics Husserl Kant Einstein Nietzsche Bergson they're all here and discussions about their ideas occasionally go on for pages sometimes serious sometimes not so serious for as Czesław Miłosz observed we are never uite sure when Witkacy has his tongue deep in his cheek Zip never read Schopenhauer and didn't have a high regard for pessimism but at times he found himself contemplating suicide but he went on living out of sheer curiosity about what was going to happen next and about what God so mysterious in His ability to devise temporal torments Hell for example was just eternal boredom had cooked up for him Mechanization and Regimentation Much than physical or social mechanization such as one finds in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times Zip's concern likewise author Witkacy's concern is a psychic mechanization where everyone thinks in the same suffocating categories and willingly lives as identical ants moving around on identical anthills One telling uote People were grinning at each other idiotically incredulous that they could feel anything Like a rock rising up in the receding waters of an ebb tide one truth one value was emerging society as a fact in itself Scathing Cultural Commentary Witkacy doesn't hold back poking his long satiric needle into the belly of politics and the prevailing culture as when he cites the League in Defense of a More Humane War placing a worldwide ban on chemical gas and airplanes Love that humane war if Europe is plunged into another war by all means let it be the most humane type of war We wouldn't want all that messy inhumane stuff Scintillating Self Reference There it is right at the bottom of page 327 the author makes a direct reference to his very own art Before the curtain an utter monstrosity crying out to Witkiewicz's Pure Form for revenge as a reader you know Witkacy has the good sense to take the dissolution of his country's culture seriously but not to take himself too seriously In a Gadda Da Vida Honey Zip and those around him partake of cocaine peyote and other recently imported drugs into Poland Zip under the influence Time was moving at a frantic clip Hundreds of years became sueezed into seconds what De uincey experienced under the influence of opium as if time had been compressed into pills of condensed duration Murti Bing Pills I encourage you to read this overlooked European classic for yourself One last uote about Poland's impending nightmare feel free to substitute Nazism or Communism for Witkacy's Chinese Murti Bing Pills Normally a person would take the pills then proceed to the indoctrination stage Zip decided to do the opposite to become initiated first then take the pills But such decisions do not always work out in practice Even Russian literature was nearing the end; the possibilities were indeed shrinking People tread an even smaller patch like those clinging to a sinking iceberg Fiction following the example of the Pure Arts was headed for the abyss And are we not right to be scornful? While a good narcotic is still okay a fake narcotic that fails to work the way it should but still produces all the bad side effects is worthy of contempt and its manufacturers are a bunch of swindlers But alas fiction written for the sake of fiction without a purely artistic justification as in poetry for example where a violation of the sense is justified fiction without substance has proved to be an invention on the part of verbally gifted morons and graphomaniacs Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz InsatiabilityStanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz 1885 1939

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    This is a book that deserves to be better known It's the kind of thing that all readers of 1984 and Brave New World would appreciate I managed to read this only because I found a neglected copy in the university library when I was a student when I ought to have been looking for other things but in my defence it was recommended by the Rough guide to Poland and since at the time I was due to go to Torun for a Summer school it seemed a good idea to read a book which would be utterly unhelpful with regard to my then immediate futureThe book has a great fin de siecle atmosphere fantastical and comical by turns set in an alternative semi fantastical world Western Europe is obviously hopelessly decadent Russia a mass of petty states slowly being conuered by an advancing Asiatic Empire Poland the single bulwark of order and of European values as a strange esoteric drug culture featuring drugs which offer hallucinogenic experiences that can be tailored to the individual taking them sweeps in from the East But never fear a Marshal Pilsudski figure is intent on saving Poland in part by ever increasing the proportion of officers in the Polish Army until there are at least ten officers for every soldier Thinking of this book it feels far prescient now than it was at the time when it was written One could draw a direct line from Witkiewicz's playfulness to the current Law and Justice administration I'm not sure if that is mildly scary or just is to make an obvious point about the deeper currents in our cultures Perhaps it has been a strand in Polish thinking to see themselves as the bulwark of Europe since well forever as on the otherside of the forest Russia begins except when Lithuania intervenes I imagine the spiritual drug culture in this book owes as much to Theosophy as to anything else yet it also plugs into the long standing fascination in Europe for the spiritual life of Asia it remains ever green even if the Chinese take over promises to be moderately subtle nowadays than by the sword I'd read this again if I could find a copy

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    Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz had an absolutely original mentality and as a result there is an absolutely original absurdist dystopia InsatiabilityHe played fiendishly brutally savagely inhumanly sadistically extracting his listeners’ entrails and wallowing in them the way Gilles de Rais was said to have done with his victims gorging on the metaphysical pain of these human wrecks rescuing them from the uotidian and catapulting them into a boundless eschatological awe and wonder This was art not the sort of piano thumping performed by blasé virtuosi or intellectual designers of new sensual thrills for hysterical femalesAnd this is exactly the way Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz writes – he turns his narration into a firework of schizoid images with which he literally extracts his readers’ entrailsIn the first part of the novel The Awakening the hero physiologically sensually mentally and metaphysically wakes up to the surrounding realityThe fact remained everything is This was not the banal truism it seemed A subconscious purely sensual ontology animistic in the main is nothing compared to that first glimmering of a conceptual ontology to that first general existential perception Until now the mere fact of his own being had not impressed him Now for the first time he could grasp its sheer impenetrability His distant childhood loomed up in his innocent imagination like some golden and enchanted world — a world of blissful irretrievable days shimmering in a dust of unearthly longingThe second part Insanity is the story of the total madness mental sexual metaphysical and historicalTerrible rumors were making the rounds Rank gossip hatched from the darkest mustiest skulls and the most putrescent guts in place of withered up “hearts” had materialized ripened and oozed into hard reality in the flurry of aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres; in this atmosphere of desperate and suicidal gluttony dipsomania and debauchery; in step with the mesmerizing sounds produced by a fatally cloacal and no longer simply honky tonk music capable of grinding everything and everyone into mindless crap “Grand Ole Cunt” and “Peewee Prick” were wailing away on their hypersaxophones tremolos plectrums gargantuafarts and cymbaltingles accompanied by a triple organo pianoIn Insatiability Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz managed to catch all the craze of the time and all its trends freudianism Stalinism militarism avant gardism free love jazz cocaineIf one can’t achieve happiness one turns to its ideological or chemical substitutes and destroys oneself completely

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    A challenging vengeful manic weird gloriously random obscure panegyric A dystopian war like anti war novel The Polish Gravity's Rainbow rendered less comprehensible via translation There is still a lot to gain absorb and relish about this book even if every other sentence goes in one ear and out the other The punning goes on and on an on and examine the evidence of hundreds of notes before deciding whether your efforts to understand this book in its entirety are worthwhile Self references abound along with comments on war personal hygiene lots of phallocentric jokes goofy asides well formed rational arguments alongside pure indulgent sexual fantasyLike Wyndham Lewis' The Apes of God this is a book adored by other writers among them Gombrowicz but difficult for readers of our age to appreciate A profusion of characters carry on conversations containing so many scattered references of the early Twentieth Century European variety that you will undoubtedly feel mind boggled at some point unless you are an expert in that slice of political historyThe anti imperialism undercurrent is a little distracting but so is everything else This is a big book of distractions A high brow low brow grimacing anomalyI much prefer Alfred Doblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz and the aforementioned work of Wyndham Lewis But Genezip feels akin to Pynchon's protagonists in that we rarely get the chance to form a picture of his adventures because so many contradictions and accusations and thoughts and digressions interpolate the flow of narrative but his charm and obvious intelligence inspire confidence and keep us turning pages hopefully Brilliantly witty in parts abstruse and variable in its literary delivery of straight faced fecal humor Insatiability is a way ahead of its time tome It will superimpose a uniue frame of mind upon your own Some call it an experimental masterpiece I call it a guaranteed amusing re readable puzzle that is both tiresome and impenetrable while never ceasing to enjoy it out of the crevices of my suinting with consternation eyes

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    It is inevitable for a work of literature to be infused with its author’s personality in multiple ways not the least of which are their intellectual and artistic dispositions uite early on while reading Insatiability I caught my thoughts going back to Mervyn Peake Peake’s vivid and visual writing had greatly charmed me in Titus Groan A look at Witkeiwicz’s wikipedia page informed me that he too like Peake had been a painter His writing undoubtedly has a visual characteristic as well Peake had used his visual writing to draw striking scene descriptions and conveying the atmosphere of a setting Witkeiwicz uses his visual style to not only portray the scene but to some extent while describing the thoughts of the characters as well Like the very first brush stroke on a blank canvas full of possibilities you will see a tiny thought bubble germinate in a character’s mind It will then slowly and deliberately begin to flourish and some recognizable forms and structures will begin to appear And soon Rome would have been built where there had only been a barren canvas several sentences ago I don’t have a copy at hand at the moment to uote any excerpts but here is one of Witkeiwicz’s self portraitsPaintings by AuthorsWhen great authors pick up the brushA brief survey of famous writers who also made art

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    I first learned about this book from Chapter One of The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz He has an excellent summary of this long often dense bookA curious book appeared in Warsaw in 1932 It was a novel in two volumes entitled Insatiability Its author was Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz a painter writer and philosopher who had constructed a philosophical system akin to the monadology of Leibnitz As in his earlier novel Farewell to Autumn his language was difficult full of neologisms Brutal descriptions of erotic scenes alternated with whole pages of discussions on Husserl Carnap and other contemporary philosophers Besides one could not always tell whether the author was serious or joking; and the subject matter seemed to be pure fantasyThe action of the book took place in Europe precisely in Poland at some time in the near future or even in the present that is in the thirties forties or fifties The social group it portrayed was that of musicians painters philosophers aristocrats and higher ranking military officers 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 This decadence reigned at a time when Western civilization was said to be threatened by an army from the East a Sino Mongolian army that dominated all the territory stretching from the Pacific to the BalticWitkiewicz's heroes are unhappy in that they have no faith and no sense of meaning in their work This atmosphere of decay and senselessness extends throughout the entire country And at that moment a great number of hawkers appear in the cities peddling Murti Bing pills Murti Bing was a Mongolian philosopher who had succeeded in producing an organic means of transporting a philosophy of life This Murti Bing philosophy of life which constituted the strength of the Sino Mongolian army was contained in pills in an extremely condensed form A man who used these pills changed completely He became serene and happy The problems he had struggled with until then suddenly appeared to be superficial and unimportant He smiled indulgently at those who continued to worry about themMost affected were all uestions pertaining to unsolvable ontological difficulties A man who swallowed Murti Bing pills became impervious to any metaphysical concerns The excesses into which art falls when people vainly seek in form the where¬ withal to appease their spiritual hunger were but outmoded stupidities for him He no longer considered the approach of the Sino Mongolian army as a tragedy for his own civilization He lived in the midst of his compatriots like a healthy individual surrounded by madmen More and people took the Murti Bing cure and their resultant calm contrasted sharply with the nervousness of their environmentThe epilogue in a few words the outbreak of the war led to a meeting of the armies of the West with those of the East In the decisive moment just before the great battle the leader of the Western army surrendered to the enemy; and in exchange though with the greatest honors he was beheaded The Eastern army occupied the country and the new life that of Murti Bingism began The heroes of the novel once tormented by philosophical insatiety now entered the service of the new society Instead of writing the dissonant music of former days they composed marches and odes Instead of painting abstractions as before they turned out socially useful pictures But since they could not rid themselves completely of their former personalities they became schizophrenics The main character is Genezip Zip Kapen The two major sections of the book are titled “The Awakening” and “Insanity”In Zip’s existential uest he rejects religion and finds no salvation in literatureart aestheticism or philosophy Zip despairs at the mechanization of society “people had become so stupefied through automation that in time they ceased to know why they did and began to blend into a homogenous and stuporous state of poopefactionZip is despondent until he encounters in part 2 'Insanity on p 413 a Hindu peddler a member of the cult of Djevani who offers him Murti Bing Pills DAVAMESK B 2 Zip evades the indoctrination of the Sino Mongolian conuerors which anticipates the invasion of Poland by the Soviet Union but imbibes in the pills anyway even though the drug helped facilitate the conuest of Poland by the Chinese invaders After his first dose Zip feels “instantly relaxed like a raving madman sedated with morphine”The drug is reminiscent of Huxley’s Soma in “Brave New World” an opiate psychedelic designed to numb normal feelings and replace them with a vague sense of euphoria No one was in a rush any Huxley denied that this book which he claimed to not know about had any influence on his bookAt the same time the pills give Zip a feeling of “extreme consciousness” and have a profound affect on his dreams Zip welcomes his disengagement from reality in the face of totalitarian conuestThis astute thinker anticipated that American society was likely to become Huxleyan than Orwellian Might there be bit of Murti Bing in the dopamine hits heavy users get from social media? a famous Boomer author is advocating a return to psychedelics As the wise preacher of Ecclesiastes Koheleth says “there is nothing new under the sun”

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    It is a difficult book to explain It fits within the strange and perverse literary universe between Lautréamont's Songs of Maldoror and Alfred Jarry's Days Nights Complicated perverse and at times unwieldy I was mesmerized and overwhelmed simultaneously I vacillated between being unable to put the book down to being incapable of reading another sentence; but I finished it Written in a language that is fantastic and punful even in translation with grotesue and unreal characters; it has a basic story plot a coming of age story for the main character Genezip Kapen and his initiation into the sexuality His initial sexual romantic relationship and involvement with a group of artistic sadists eventually corrupts him and he loses his mind Genezip or Zip runs off to join the military and then has a few mind loosening romances which he ends up committing and participating in some unsavory acts Zip occupies an unsettling world where Europe is under threat of Communist China's takeover and Poland is embroiled in war with ChinaOverall Insatiability is a difficult novel to write about because it spans so many ideas that it would take another book to explain it all It doesn't deal with the development of characters rather the characters like Zip are an unfolding of a reaction What happens when a young freedom seeker comes into contact with decadent artistic ideas unfettered sexuality and war? It is as though Witkiewicz decided to conduct an experiment in a future world where values and intimacy and been replaced by lust and neurosis and the novel became the document Witkiewicz wrote Insatiability during the two world wars; the erosion of idealism and the political anxiety for the future are present Witkiewicz throws his combating constructs of art politics and individuality into the word mix which make up this novel A painter playwright philosopher he used his novels as a hulking receptacle where these raucous conceits run amok

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    There is something indelicately yet refreshingly agonizing to re reading something that you have personally regarded as a pinnacle of literature since your early 20s only to find that this masterpiece that you have over the decades recommended blindly to countless associates peers and potential sexual partners is just downright fucking terribleThat it is Witkiewicz that we're talking about though somehow makes it all better It makes perfect sense to find that the crowning prose achievement of the consummate clown social abberation drug addict anthropologist fucking and malevolent absurdist Witkiewicz is indeed a colossal mountain of steaming Tatran donkey shitBefore I go on I must observe that I have an immense amount of respect and admiration for Witkiewicz as one of those sublime fellow idiots who makes pretensions to the Arts always capitalized His portraiture work his photography and his paintings not to speak of his dramatic output are outstanding achievements of one of his purest dearly held notions that the individual not drown in the collective anthillism that he saw dogging the aesthetic world and the rest of society for that matter He is uniue alone and alien Like many of his ilk I can easily compare him to say Flann O'Brien or Thomas Pynchon off the top of my head he was an insufferable loner and impossible to classify He was the avant garde of the avant garde the tip o' the wink at brothel's door the brown turtle's nose and so on His long held aesthetic principle of Pure Form chose form over content as the artist's guiding principle as exemplified in his focus on dramatic works and the symbolism of conveyance and performance rather than any obvious salient meaning to the text itself and in his portraiture in which intense close ups and framings of his subjects focus on capturing poise and innate intensity rather than a theme or subject W was known to collect pictures of philosophers so he could study their physiue as well as their thoughtAbandoning his own aesthetic principles a good way into his artistic career he turned to a mockery of commercial portraiture and wrote much of his prose stuff during this period In many ways Insatiability represents a complete turning over of the idea of Pure Form on its head where content is everything to the exclusion of any sort of formal aesthetic This only partly explains why the novel is not very good The prose is dense and thick with little narrative progression and that which there is is largely uninteresting The plot advances in fits and starts a future dystopian Europe prepares for the onslaught of a Chinese army a new Mongol invasion conuering Eurasia Poland is the bulwark against the forces and the few main characters get involved in the coming conflict The Chinese bring in their stead a drug called Murti Bing basically ingestible enlightenment which placates one and nullifies resistance to their conuestThis all sounds well and good except most of the novel has little to do with that all too brief but sufficient description Instead what we have is a giant mess of philosophical and pseudo political polemics and dialogues that veers back and forth between a kind of sexually flavored would be utopianism sprinkled with sado masochistic tendencies and experiments with homosexuality and strange ontological confusions which bring in everything from Husserl towell I don't know what If there was some way to streamline or compartmentalize these wayward strands of thought it might make for a interesting read but Witkiewicz really went balls to the wall to try and revamp the novel What he ended up with was a gross exaggeration of the 19th century spiritual epic a kind of hideously swollen Dostoevskyian miasma impenetrable and with little of note The erotic sections and one must mention them since the first uarter of the book is concerned with the main character's deflowering at the hands of a much older noblewoman are scanty and stiff and could have been the novel's redeeming and humorous core Instead even these bits which Witkiewicz certainly could've handled deftly are a boreI realize I'm in a minority here even within my own mind which causes confusions galore Like I said I have always adored Witkiewicz's art and I remember liking this novel a lot better twenty years ago but as he would have it I can't hide my displeasure I'm shocked but perhaps unjustly so to read reviews of this novel that laud it to the heavens often blindly Warning signs always go off when I see reviews that uote other reviews or shudder the dreaded back cover blurb summary that is the plot exposition garnered directly off the back cover for I have to wonder did these people actually read the book? And if so can't they tell me directly what there really is to enjoy here? I certainly couldn't find it But maybe that's what Witkiewicz wanted It would be just like himI'll give it another go in 2035?

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    I love Witkiewicz as an artist His drawings are expressive and have a touch of insanity about them I had also read about this book and gone to so much trouble trying to get hold of it so you can imagine I was really looking forward to reading this oneOh dear Perhaps it's my ageI found this book difficult to get into but was prepared to give it a go I struggled It starts as a pseudo intellectual self analysis of adolescent sexual desires and religious belief of relationships with parents and friends A tantalising reference to war and communist invasion is thrown in but most of that first chapter and indeed the one that follows which is set in an aristocratic party the words just begin to merge and I found contemplating my navel much stimulating Pompous words and ideas just roll off in some sort of autonomous writing experiment I reall did lose the will to liveLife is too short

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    This has to be one of the most remarkable books I have ever read It was written by predominantly artist and playwright Polish Witkiewicsz in 1929who sadly committed suicide as Russia invaded Poland in 1939 I must at the outset warn you of the reasons why you might not like this book first because if you can overcome the hurdles what awaits is uite astounding Ok the problems with this book are It has the smallest and most densely packed font I have ever seen in a novel and then it has many parts in the story under ‘Information’ of even smaller text This means there are about 670 words per page – I think the industry standard is nearer 250 words or so? – this means the 410 pages is really nearer 1100 pages – uite an undertaking Your eyes are physically challenged The next is that the story is completely unapologetic about drug use the C word some brutal sex and violence against women – though not graphic or gratuitous in a modern ‘x–rated sense’ for its time and now it is very unambiguous and uite adult A final challenge is the freuent use of difficult long and obscure words mixed with a very condensed erudite innovative complex and challenging writing style – it does get easier but mainly in the first half you may have to refer to a dictionary or philosopher’s manualOk ready This is the remarkable and stunning mix of Emile Zola’s earthy realism eg Nana the density of any classic Russian revolutionary novel War and Peace the erudition and character development of any classic English period novel Middlemarch the off the wall philosophy of Nietzsche Thus Spake Zarathustra the future thinking of Philip Dick Man in the High Castle the drug trip of Ageyev Novel with Cocaine the existentialism of Sartre the innovation and its own uniue style as of Joyce Ulysses some erotic notes of Anais Nin and finally and actually the most important the clever story telling of G G Maruez General in his Labyrinth Impossible you think Wrong read this book It even has my most obscure reuirement – a direct referenceallusion to a work by Emile ZolaLet me explain only some of the basic story to illustrate Genezip is a 19 year old adolescent virgin embarking on life in aristocratic Poland; at a time when the West is Bolshevik Russian is soon to fall to the invading Chinese horde and a new religion inspired by a mind expanding drug is growing in the country Classic religion is ignored while people take hard drugs; the elite and intellectual class appear sexually degenerate After an introduction to masturbation by his cousin gay sex by avante garde Composer and cripple Hardonne pun intended? – he meets aged Princess Irina Vsevolodovra about 50 or so and frustratingly becomes her new and final lover Catholic Prince Basil writer Sturfan Abnol and Professor Bends provide all sorts of intellectual discourse and ideas whilst Genezip deals with family issues like his father’s death his mother’s lover his younger sister entering the theatre At the same time elusive Sloboluchowicz is in command of the Polish forces he has a classic courtesan Persy Why does the ‘Syndicate’ a clandestine anti government group dislike the General? What is the destiny of Genezip and Poland? How do the “Insatiability’s” of drugs religion history sex perversion war revolution incest adultery insanity power and murder lead to the riveting and thought provoking endingI’ve always said “There are too many books in the world to re read any” despite having read so many of the World’s undoubted ‘Best'; I’m wrong – one day I will re read this truly amazing and brilliant bookThere are limitless ideas of prose thought and turns of phrase; this has to be the book for which I found the most stunning uotes here’s some“That’s not religion any Some of them know this yet knowingly poison themselves with their own flaccidity of spirit their unwillingness to seek out the truth and their fear of the absurd which sooner or later every definitive truth reveals if it’s not hermetically sealed by means of all sorts of exceptions and ualifications”“It was as if a peal of thunder from man’s subterranean guts hand banged against the sky – not an earthly sky but a cosmic sky of nothingness – that was truly infinite and vacuous and whence originating from metaphysical storm clouds it plummeted down to the very bottom of that creeping flaming flattened out barren mystery The beams of the world trembled; in the distance radiated the solace of death transformed into the peaceful sleep of a mysterious deity broken on the wheel of superdivine tortures; the immediate apperception of eternity”“The sexual relations of such a couple must have been an insufferable agony similar to that acute malaise of the skin that often accompanies influenza to that boredom prevailing in the parlour filled with sleazy guests – but raised to an incalculable power to a prisoner’s abject despair to the powerful longing of a dog on a leash watching other dogs frolic in freedom”“The apparent aimlessness of his postgraduate vision of the future a vestige of his undergraduate days contracted now into the electable sameness of everything Gone now were all those non existent days full of events and expectations those evenings spent in anticipation of a predestined Fate of a life with no exit and an enigmatic premature death – a living death even“the world is not an absurdity But it’s not an absurdity despite all your doubts – which tells me about your ignorance than your religion does – and the reason why it isn’t is because logic is possible There’s your proof The sense of an ideal world whose miserable function is nothing but a limited and not absolute rationality is far important than whether some little boob can endure live or not”“To live as though existence were rational being all the while conscious of its irrationality that’s a little respectable something between suicide and bestiality”`“He could feel her swimming about inside him acuiring an invincible power and a kind of satanic supermundane charm that pierced his adolescent soul with lacerating pain of life somehow incomplete With all this witchcraft how utterly unimportant were all those wrinklesDreams statues the paradise of Mohammed what were all these in comparison to that pageantry of flesh“In every realm the positive value of individual extravagances has become depleted only in madness can man’s most intrinsic life be fulfilled only in perversity whose boundaries are primordial chaos can truly creative art be realised Philosophy has abdicated” “the newspapers that truly abominable ‘press’ of minds that was daily grinding millions of people into a brainless marmalade suitable for the prevailing political fiction”“An odour redolent of sexual affliction merged with the sultry humidity of a drizzly and melancholy spring evening He was hopelessly overcome with unmitigated despair”PS just in case you were wondering here is a selection of words the author uses in the first 50 pages or sohamadryad autoerotic sublimation ontology animistic illumined ambivalence immutability perturbations imperceptibility intralevelers intraductible intramissible dualism perfidiousness asymptotically expiation pornographic trichinae pseudoclassical self humiliation objectivism debauchery over intellectualized omniscience lugubrious multifarious pseudopalatine erotomania apotransformine uasi mechanized prostration addict adepts transcendental hypocritical nonualitative galimatias phantasmagoria magnanimity disingenuous hyperrealist plenitude nondimensional solidification insouciance intoxication ineffable monotonous infinitude portentous incarnation improvisation unparalleled machinations profundity asceticism antithesis debauchery transfinite distillation dissonance thematics abstruseness autochthonous syndicalism preordained gargantuan refulgence masturbation ubiuitous improvisational hyperultrasophisticated osmotic somnolent megalomaniac