Warsaw Museum Acquires 55 Letters from Gombrowicz to Gómez
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no-image, Warsaw Museum Acquires 55 Letters from Gombrowicz to Gómez
The majority of the purchased letters have not yet been published in Poland. The collection contains letters and postcards written by Gombrowicz (as well as two letters from Konstanty Aleksander Jeleński) in the years: 1957 – 1965.
Gombowicz's postcard to J.C. Gómez. Source: Museum of Literature in Warsaw
Fifty-three letters of Witold Gombrowicz have enriched the collection of the Witold Gombrowicz Museum in Wsola, a branch of the Museum of Literature in Warsaw
The negotiations with Gombrowicz’s friend Juan Carlos Gómez, with whom he corresponded in the late '50s/early '60s, lasted over a year. The letters have successfully reached Poland after two previous unsuccessful attempts at acquiring them.
The majority of the purchased letters have not yet been published in Poland. The collection contains letters and postcards written by Gombrowicz (as well as two letters from Konstanty Aleksander Jeleński) in the years: 1957 – 1965. The previous owner, Juan Carlos Gómez, published the documents in Argentina, as he claims, against the will of the writer’s widow Rita Gombrowicz. J.C. Gómez is one of the closest friends of the Polish writer. Henryk Bereza called him 'the spiritual heir of Gombrowicz' while Gombrowicz himself referred to him as 'the faithful Goma'.
Negotiations with J.C. Gómez were carried out by the director of the Gombrowicz Museum Tomasz Tyczyński, were lengthy. "And it was not about the price at all, although we managed to make it more reasonable," says Tyczyński. "I was under the impression that Mr. Gómez was still very much attached to these letters and that’s why the negotiations dragged on. Our correspondence was filled with literary play and sudden twists. Twice the negotiations were on the verge of collapse".
The letters were brought to Poland a few days ago by Dominika Świtkowska from the Gombrowicz Museum and Anna Szczepanek from the Manuscript Department of the Museum of Literature. The letters will be on display in several weeks upon completion of all formalities and conducting conservation works.
Eventually, the letters were purchased for 10,000 dollars with the financial support of the following companies: Południowo-Mazowiecki Bank Spółdzielczy in Jedlińsk, Mazowiecka Spółka Gazownictwa, Regionalna Dyrekcja Lasów Państwowych in Radom, Krzyżanowscy Sp. z o.o, Wodociągi Miejskie in Radom, Fogiel&Fogiel, Centrum Radom, Zakłady Masarskie „Krawczyk”, Sita Polska Sp. z o.o., Radmot, Zakłady Chemiczne Bochem Sp. z o.o.
Source: Museum of Literature in Warsaw