by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
translated by Louis Iribarne
Northwestern University Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-8101-1134-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1133-2
Library of Congress Classification PG7158.W52N513 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8537

Witkiewicz's 1927 masterpiece, made famous in Polish dissident and Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz's The Captive Mind, is one of the most unforgettable depictions of the tensions and trade-offs between ideological loyalty and individual conscience in world literature. Futuristic, experimental, and remarkably prophetic, Insatiability traces the choices of a young Pole as his divided nation both opposes and welcomes a communitarian invasion from the east offering a narcotic that both removes anxieties and induces obedience. An anti-Utopian classic, it foretold the irresoluble and sometimes deadly choices that faced Eastern European thinkers, writers, and politicians during the years of Soviet domination.