I can't remember when I first started reading Mrożek, but he was undoubtedly the writer of my generation - people born in the late 1940s and studying during the 1960s. He was our model ofliterature and humor - absurd humor, at that I remember a time when Czesław Miłosz wrote in an article reviewing my book about Gombrowicz ["Gra w Gombrowicza, 1982 - ed.} that while he couldn't deny my erudition, he was shocked that my views were so unbecoming of a Pole. He meant that he expected me to fall to my knees before Gombrowicz and confess my sins, or perhaps attack him - after all, what he wrote was harshly critical of Poland, our traditions and ethos. Meanwhile, we had just finished reading Mrożek, and were fully on his (and Gombrowicz's) side.
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