4.01 (362 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Translated by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-12 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


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, Insatiability traces the adventures of a young Pole whose fate parallels the collapse of Western civilization following a Chinese communist invasion from the east. Written in 1927, Witkiewicz's anti-Utopian novel proved to be a horribly prescient vision of what would become reality for Eastern Europe in the late 1930s.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 33mm | 748.43g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 0810111349
  • 9780810111349
  • 613,917

Table of contents

Part One: The Awakening
The Awakening
Soiree at the Princess di Ticonderoga's
A Visit with Tenzer
A Visit to Prince Basil's Retreat
The Return, or Life and Death
Domestic Affairs and Destiny

Part Two: Insanity
A Meeting and Its Consequences
A Repeat Performance
A Commander's Thoughts and the Little Theater of Quintofron Crepuscolo
Torchures and the Debut of the "Gent from Below"
A Battle and Its Consequences
The Final Metamorphosis
The Wedding Night
The Last Convulsion

show more

Review quote

"Magnificent." --Susan Sontag|"There were three of us; Witkiewicz, Bruno Schulz, and myself--the three muskateers of the Polish avant-garde between the wars. Only Witkiewicz remains to be discovered." --Witold Gombrowicz
show more

About Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939) was a Polish novelist, poet, and playwright.

Louis Iribarne is a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. He has translated several works by Polish writers such as Gombrowicz, Milosz, and Schulz.
show more

Rating details

362 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 38% (138)
4 36% (131)
3 18% (64)
2 5% (18)
1 3% (11)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X