- Häftad (Paperback / softback)
- Antal sidor
- NYRB Classics
- David Welsh
- Baranczak, Stanislaw (introd.)
- 202 x 130 x 37 mm
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- 676 g
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The Doll is a classic of Polish literature, a novel that takes in the whole nineteenth century and looks ahead to modern questions of empire, revolution, anti-Semitism, and socialism. Yet it is less a novel of ideas than a novel of people who have ideas, characters as vivid and memorable as any in Dickens. As the novel opens in Warsaw in 1878, our hero, Wokulski, having risen from rags to riches now seeks the respect of the aristocracy and, in particular, the love of the cold and scheming Izabela Lecka. The rich cast includes the old clerk Rzecki, nostalgic for the revolutions of 1848; the young scientist Ochocki, dreaming of flying machines; the deranged and manipulative Baroness Krzeszowska; the angelic widow Stawska; the wise dowager duchess; and many more. Each is constrained by his or her social status in this story of money, love, and class at the end of the age of duels and the beginning of the age of electricity. Boleslaw Prus's great gift is to see this panorama on an intimate human scale, in the details of what people wear, what they eat, and, above all, what they say. We hear Wokulski's story through all of Warsaw's gossip, in the drawing rooms of the elite, in the restaurants and taverns of the middle class, at the races and the theater, and in the streets.
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Balances notions of love with genuine feelings of concern and remorse. This singular and timeless Polish masterpiece stands among world literature's enduring achievements. Irish Times
Boleslaw Prus (1847-1912) was the pseudonym of Aleksander Glowacki, Poland's prominent realist writer and essayist. Three of his other major novels-The Outpost, The Emancipated, and Pharaoh-have also been translated into English. Stanislaw Baranczak is a poet, literary critic, scholar, editor, and lecturer. His book Chirurgiczna Precyzja (Surgical Precision) won the 1999 Nike Award David Welsh's translations include A Dreambook for Our Time by Tadeusz Konwicki, Cloak of Illusion by Stanislaw Dygat, and Black Torrent by Leopold Buczkowski.