Dolega-Mostowicz wrote his novel in a newly independent Poland rampant with political corruption and populist pandering. Jerzy Kosinski borrowed heavily from the novel when he wrote Being There, and readers of both books will recognize similarities between their plots. This biting political satire-by turns hilarious and disturbing, contemptuous and sympathetic-is an indictment of a system in which money and connections matter above all else, bluster and ignorance are valorized, and a deeply incompetent man rises to the highest spheres of government.
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Very few books or characters become proverbial. But The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma is a byword in Polish culture for the accidental rise of an opportunistic swindler to the heights of society and politics. This entertaining novel from interwar Poland remains instructive beyond its context today." -Stanley Bill, translator of The Mountains of Parnassus by Czeslaw Milosz
"The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma is still alive, not only as a good read but also as an essential historical document of 1930s Europe and as a trans-historical political satire with immense potential for contemporary readers . . . Cultural historians, political aficionados, and literature lovers will all find something very seductive about the book." -Michal Pawel Markowski, author of Wars of Modern Tribes: Fighting for Reality in the Age of Populism
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