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Winner of the 1993 PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize

Published in 1776 and considered the first Polish novel ever written, The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom is a picaresque tale following the naïve title character's coming of age. Having conquered (and fled) sophisticated Warsaw, Nicholas enjoys many adventures across Europe, South America, and the high seas.
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Paperback, 148 pages
Published August 6th 1992 by Northwestern University Press
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Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Canadians and Americans of Polish Descent
Recommended to Czarny by: Norman Davies
Shelves: polish-lit
The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom is a treasure for anyone of Polish descent living in North American wishing to understand the cultural and intellectual history Poland. The author Ignacy Krasicki was born into a prominent noble family. He was bishop of Warmia for many years, before becoming the Arch-Bishop of Gniezno, the seat of Poland's primate. Krasicki is considered the leading intellectual figure of the French Enlightenment in Poland.
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Cate Neuhauser
A satirical story, this follows the life on Nicholas Wisdom. His up and downs from riches, to rags and back again. He travels Europe, trying to "find himself." It ends with him realizing that the only way to be a good person, and a good citizen is to follow the rational thought.
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