Doll

Doll

Description

Boleslaw Prus is often compared to Chekhov, and Prus's masterpiece might be described as an intimate epic, a beautifully detailed, utterly absorbing exploration of life in late-nineteenth-century Warsaw, which is also a prophetic reckoning with some of the social forces--imperialism, nationalism, anti-Semitism among them--that would soon convulse Europe as never before. But The Doll is above all a brilliant novel of character, dramatizing conflicting ideas through the various convictions, ambitions, confusions, and frustrations of an extensive and varied cast. At the center of the book are three men from three different generations. Prus's fatally flawed hero is Wokulski, a successful businessman who yearns for recognition from Poland's decadent aristocracy and falls desperately in love with the highborn, glacially beautiful Izabela. Wokulski's story is intertwined with those of the incorrigibly romantic old clerk Rzecki, nostalgic for the revolutions of 1848, and of the bright young scientist Ochocki, who dreams of a future full of flying machines and other marvels, making for a book of great scope and richness that is, as Stanislaw BaraƄczak writes in his introduction, at once "an old-fashioned yet still fascinating love story . . ., a still topical diagnosis of society's ills, and a forceful yet subtle portrayal of a tragically doomed man."


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Details

Author(s)
Boleslaw Prus
Format
Paperback | 680 pages
Dimensions
125 x 200 x 40mm | 700g
Publication date
14 Apr 2011
Publisher
The New York Review of Books, Inc
Imprint
NYRB Classics
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Main
ISBN10
159017383X
ISBN13
9781590173831
Bestsellers rank
188,477