Lucifer Unemployed (Hardback)
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Lucifer Unemployed (Hardback)

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Hardback 123 Pages / Published: 30/11/2003
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In these nine stories the Polish writer Aleksander Wat consistently turns history on its ear in comic reversals reverberating with futurist rhythms and the gently mocking humor of despair. Wat inverts the conventions of religion, politics, and culture to fantastic effect, illuminating the anarchic conditions of existence in interwar Europe.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810108394
Number of pages: 123
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Wat . . . was a central figure in Polish modernism and this--his 1927 book of speculative stories--comes as a revelation. . . . The style is quick, syncopated, and piquant (excellently rendered by Vallee), with Wat capable of richer tones as well. . . . Wat's stories [indicate] the special nature of the Mitteleuropisch Expressionism that flourished--however briefly--in a literature we still know so little about."
--Kirkus Reviews
"One of the most original, fascinating, and curious figures in twentieth-century Polish literature, Wat left behind an oeuvre which is salient, artistically accomplished, and influential . . . with its shifting narrative perspectives, wild imagination combining the trivial and the fantastic, and highly 'subjective' lyrical style, [Lucifer Unemployed] is a unique and important contribution to the twentieth-century evolution of the short story and fiction and general."
--Stanislaw Baranczak

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