By Witold Gombrowicz
Cosmos is a metaphysical noir mystery narrated via Witold, a seedy, pathetic, and witty pupil, who's captivating and appalling by means of turns. On his technique to a soothing holiday he meets the despondent Fuks. As they trigger jointly for a family-run pension within the Carpathian Mountains they find a lifeless fowl placing from a string. is that this an odd yet meaningless prevalence or is it the start of a string of unusual occasions? because the younger males develop into embroiled within the Chekhovian travails of the kin working the pension, Grombrowicz creates a gripping narrative the place the reader questions who's sane and who's safe?
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Far and wide . . . Leon’s hand stopped drumming, he lifted a finger of his left hand with palms of his correct hand and held it therefore, taking a look at it with awareness that iced over right into a dreamy smile. The dialog after all, excessive above, above the palms, went on unceasingly, yet simply this and that reached me, they touched on numerous topics, and at one aspect Ludwik requested what do you're thinking that, father, think, ten infantrymen marching Indian dossier, what do you think that, father, how lengthy would it not take to exhaust all of the attainable configurations of the warriors in dossier via relocating, for instance, the 3rd guy to where of the 1st, etc . . . assuming that we make one switch on a daily basis? Leon contemplated: 3 monthies? Ludwik acknowledged: “Ten thousand years. It’s been calculated. ” “Oh, Ludwik,” Leon acknowledged, “oh, Ludwik . . . Ludwik . . . ” He fell silent and sat bristling. It appeared that Ludwik’s observe “configuration” was once indirectly tied to the “configurations” that had happened to me, it looked like a weird twist of fate that he pointed out configurations of squaddies, simply as i used to be drowning in such a lot of configurations myself—wasn’t it the same as placing my very own anxieties into phrases? —oh, the “almost,” what percentage instances already had this “almost” made my existence miserable—yet one additionally has take into consideration the truth that i used to be struck through the tale in regards to the squaddies since it attached with my very own anxieties, and accordingly I singled it out from many different issues which additionally they said. And so it used to be this accident that was once in part (oh, in basic terms partly! ) of my very own doing—and that’s precisely what was once so tricky, lousy, deceptive, i may by no means understand to what measure i used to be the culprit, configuring the configurations round me, oh, the legal retains returning to the scene of the crime! whilst one considers what a number of sounds, types succeed in us at each second of our lifestyles . . . the swarm, the roar, the river . . . not anything is less complicated than to configure! Configure! For a cut up moment this note took me unexpectedly like a wild beast in a gloomy wooded area, however it quickly sank into the hurly-burly of the seven humans sitting right here, conversing, consuming, supper occurring, Katasia passed Lena the ashtray . . . “We’ll need to clarify every thing, make clear, unravel it . . . ” yet I didn’t imagine inspection of the little room might yield whatever, our undertaking for the next day might in basic terms support us deal with the unusual dependence of mouth on mouth, urban on urban, celebrity on megastar . . . and, within the bottom line, what’s so unusual approximately mouth returning to mouth, whilst for all time, unceasingly, something was once returning me to a different, something lurked at the back of one other, at the back of Ludwik’s hand was once Lena’s hand, at the back of a cup a pitcher, at the back of the streak at the ceiling an island, the area used to be certainly a type of monitor and didn't present itself except by means of passing me on and on—I used to be simply the bouncing ball that items performed with! without warning anything tapped. The sound of somebody tapping a stick opposed to a stick—a short, dry sound. now not loud—even notwithstanding it was once a special sound, so targeted that it rose peculiarly the opposite sounds.