Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz wrote his first diary entry in 1952 while living abroad in Argentina and his last shortly before his death in 1969 in France. During the intervening seventeen years, the document grew from a chronicle of daily life into a vast collection of essays, short stories, confessions, and diatribes: one of the most brilliant and capacious works of the 20th century. Long out of print in English, it is collected here in a single, essential volume.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.