The Doll

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Warsaw under Russian rule in the late 1870s is the setting for Prus's grand panorama of social conflict, political tension, and personal suffering. The middle-aged hero, Wokulski, successful in business, is being destroyed by his obsessive love for a frigid society doll, Izabela. Embattled aristocrats, the new men of finance, Dickensian tradesmen, and the urban poor all come vividly to life on the vast, superbly detailed canvas against which Wokulski's personal tragedy is played...
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Overview

Warsaw under Russian rule in the late 1870s is the setting for Prus's grand panorama of social conflict, political tension, and personal suffering. The middle-aged hero, Wokulski, successful in business, is being destroyed by his obsessive love for a frigid society doll, Izabela. Embattled aristocrats, the new men of finance, Dickensian tradesmen, and the urban poor all come vividly to life on the vast, superbly detailed canvas against which Wokulski's personal tragedy is played out.

Unlike his Western European counterparts, Prus had to work under official censorship. In this edition, most of the smaller cuts made by the Tsarist censor have been restored, and one longer fragment is included as an appendix.

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“This utterly oddball, fiercely enjoyable novel dissects the self-destructive romanticism of a brilliant, self-made tycoon who falls in love with a glamorous airhead. The book, with Proustian patience and subtlety, analyzes the delusions of infatuation seen through the lens of class.”
—Phillip Lopate, Salon

The Doll demonstrates 19th-century realism at its best.” 
—Czesław Miłosz 

“. . . a great panoramic novel of 19th-century Poland.”
—Timothy Garton Ash, The Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590173831
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 1,387,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Introduction Stanislaw Bara'nczak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2001

    You must read!!!

    The books shows Poland as a country of change. The old Poland is represented by the doll and people who surround her, her envirnoment. The upper class, which doesn't tolerate anyone how hasn't been born in it. The new Poland is represented in person of Mr. Wokulski a man from the middle class who through his hard work had more influence in the country than the upper class. This book is one of the best I have ever read. I highly recommend this book.

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