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The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma: A Novel

(Satyry 20-lecia międzywojennego #3)

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First published in Polish in 1932, The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma was Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz’s breakout novel. Dyzma is an unemployed clerk who crashes a swanky party, where he makes an offhand crass remark that sets him on a new course. Soon high society—from government ministers to drug-fueled aristocrats—wants a piece of him. As Dyzma’s status grows, his vulgarity is i ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Northwestern University Press (first published September 2020)
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Jolanta (knygupe)
Knyga Lenkijoje pasirodė 1932-iais metais ir sulaukė didžiulio populiarumo.
Vagos išleista 1969-iais.
Ši politinė satyra - apie tarpukario Lenkiją labai tinka perskaityti šiandien. Ką padaryti nuoširdžiai rekomenduoju. Ypač dabar, prieš rinkimus. Bus smagu ir lūdna...

Beje, yra ir TV serialas(1980) ir filmas(2001)
What is the best-known Polish novel you’ve never heard of? I’ll hazard a guess and say it’s The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma by Tadeusz Dolęga-Mostowicz. First issued in 1932 as Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy, it is now being published by Northwestern University Press in a translation by Ewa Malachowska-Pasek and Megan Thomas, the first one ever in English. As Benjamin Paloff explains in his introduction to the work, this novel had such an impact in Poland that it has penetrated popular culture and parlanc ...more
Vu K
Mua gặp dịp sách giảm giá, chỉ mấy ngàn đồng thời đó, hình thức sách bình thường, chất lượng giấy và mực in kém.

Câu chuyện gợi cho ta nhớ đến nhân vật Xuân tóc đỏ trong Số đỏ của Vũ Trọng Phụng, trong bối cảnh của xã hội Ba Lan tư sản.
Nicki Markus
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma is a delightful, entertaining read. The biting political satire explores how even the most incompetent person can rise to a position of power through chance, misunderstandings and sheer bravado. Dyzma is an engaging character. You can't help but enjoy following his adventures, even if you cringe at their ramifications. The prose is easy reading, suggesting a sensitive translation from the Polish, and the story moved along at a good pace, with plenty of action and am ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having an incompetent and ignorant person attain high office, surrounded by a group of equally ignorant and incompetent toadies and sycophants is something that we are all too familiar with, so this 1930s Polish novel will strike more than a few chords. Popular in its day and still widely read and enjoyed –it has been filmed twice, most recently in 2002, and has also been made into a TV series – its relevance is undisputed. It tells the tale of Nicodemus Dyzma, a poor, hungry, unemployed clerk w ...more
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"Nicodemus Dyzma an unemployed clerk crashes a swanky party, where he makes an offhand crass remark that sets him on a new course. Soon high society—from government ministers to drug-fueled aristocrats—wants a piece of him."

This story greatly reflects Poland's political climate. I rather liked Nicodemus' sarcastic attitude but the writing felt a little choppy. Translated books can be hard to rate.

Lữ Đoàn Đỏ
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sách hay mà tuổi đời lâu quá ít người biết đến. Anh già giới thiệu nói đọc cho vui, Xuân tóc đỏ là hàng fake. Đọc quả nhiên rất vui, có nhiều đoạn đối thoại bật cười thành tiếng. Đọc xong trong đúng 1 ngày, cả ngày hôm đó không muốn làm gì khác, chỉ ôm sách đọc cho vui.
Cuốn sách có bố cục chặt chẽ, làm nổi bật hoàn cảnh xã hội Ba Lan thời đó. Nhân vật chính là tầng lớp đáy xã hội, nghèo kiết xác, gần như đều do số phận sắp đặt mới từng bước ngoi lên. Ban đầu là cảm giác hài hước khi cơ hội đổi
Cassie Troja
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book by Northwestern University Press, via Netgalley, and therefore cannot quote it as of yet. There are, however, so many moments I loved in this book. It’s laugh-out-loud humor juxtaposed with the vulgarity of Nicodemus Dyzma’s innermost thoughts paints a wonderfully human portrait. The ending to the novel, although abrupt, is perfection. This is certainly a timely novel as it is a brutal commentary on class politics and the power of “impressions.” Nicodemus could do ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advanced-copies
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Jeśli ktoś oglądał serial, książki nie musi czytać. Ekranizacja wycisnęła wszystko z tej, niewątpliwie dobrej, powieści. Jednak nie jest to moim zdanie najciekawsze dzieło Mostowicza. Tu wskazałbym - na razie - cykl o doktorze Murku. Wracając do Dyzmy: wydanie, które czytałem ( wydawnictwa MEA), dobija i zabiera przyjemność z czytania z powodu dziesiątków literówek i obciętych zdań. Na plus na pewno ciekawy obraz warszawskiego półświatka, no i postać Leona Kunika, który to kombinator okazuje się ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Роман читається легко, сторінки пролітають одна за одною. Читав його і в ліжку і в транспорті і під час обідньої перерви. Це такий сарказм-сатира на політичне життя міжвоєнного періоду в Польщі. Головного героя з міг викрити тільки божевільний граф (його всі вважали божевільним, в нього був розлад психіки і він навіть лікувався у відповідних закладах), він один не сприймав головного героя, натомість всі інші його боготворили і боялися. Як на мене, то головний посил книги це мовчання… Так робив Н ...more
Paweł Tarsa
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wyśmienita - dawno nie zarwałem paru z rzędu nocy, żeby czytać książkę;) Polecam szczególnie fanom książek jak np. Lalka - wg mnie zupełnie ten sam typ książki (Lalkę również wspominam z nielada sentymentem, pomimo że czytałem ją już 8 lat temu)
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satyra polityczna z 1932??? Wierzyć sie chce ze było jak dziś. Nie bawi niestety tak jak film ale uczy lepiej. Obowiązkowa lektura dla polskich polityków. Większość obecnych chyba czytała bo zrobiła w mig karierę jak trza. No!
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and satire on interwar situation in Poland. The brutal and rtaher rude Nikodem Dyzma makes a political career when the situation needs a strong man.
Natalia Dyjas
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aktualna (jak zawsze). Bardzo, bardzo zabawna. Polecam! :)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
no, arcydzieło!
Matt Mayevsky
Świetne, przedwojenne czytadło. Satyra na rządy sanacyjne.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know, I've lost count of the times I've read a guide book about Eastern Europe, or the old Soviet Bloc, where it says if you just stumble on a wedding celebration you'll be pointedly invited in, forced to drink yourself silly, and everyone will call you their best friend and yet not be able to converse one word with you. This is bollux, and the nearest that has ever happened was some drunken biznismen slinging a couple of vodkas and smiles my way in one of the Stans once. However, for our he ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Цікавий сатиричний роман польського письменника, більше відомого у нас завдяки фільму "Знахар", знятого за його романом. Нікодем Дизма перебував на соціальному дні, перебиваючись випадковими заробітками у варшавських генделиках грою на мандоліні та танцями за гроші. Вирадок дає йому можливість потрапити до вищих кіл міжвоєнної Польщі. Підібравши запрошення на світський прийом та не знайшовши адресата запрошення, Нікодем іде на вечірку, вдягнувши фрака. Дизма знайомиться з впливовими та багатими ...more
Robert Sullivan
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like any good satire, this book, written about Polish political and social corruption in 1932, has something to say about our present time and country (USA, for me). Apparently this story was a significant inspiration (if not more) for Kozinski's "Being There" and has long been a staple of Polish mass media, but only now has it been translated into English. The plot concerns a lower class street hustler who, through a series of accidents, becomes the toast of Warsaw society and an acclaimed poli ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audible
Rewelacja! Niestety powieść nie zestarzała się i przez cały czas słuchania audiobooka gdzieś z tyłu głowy czaiło się pytanie: czy taka kariera teraz byłaby możliwa i jak długo by trwała? Może nie byłoby tak źle, łatwiej byłoby nam zobaczyć teraz, że król jest nagi i aż takich chamów i prostaków jak Dyzma w życiu publicznym nie widzę. Może lepiej się kryją. Powieść ma gorzki wydźwięk a mimo to bawi przednie. Słuchałam jej w niesamowitej interpretacji Jacka Kissa, dzięki której świetnie się bawiła ...more
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Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The description for this reminded me of the brilliant book (Kosiński) and movie Being There (staring Peter Sellers) before those were mentioned in the blurb. This is certainly different but good in it's own way. It is well written and somewhat timeless. For those seeking a lighthearted read that will likely generate a few smiles, this may be it.

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Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Entertaining and well-written. I appreciate the translation. Dyzma is down and out, but a chance finding of an invitation to an elite party starts him on his way to success. At many points, the events in the story are somewhat ridiculous, and Dyzma himself expresses that he finds the situations absurd. But, he certainly doesn’t give it up. The story stood the test of time and could have been written today.

I received this free ebook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz was a Polish journalist and author of over a dozen popular novels. The best known, which in Poland became a byword for fortuitous careerism, was The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma. It is claimed by some that the book subsequently inspired the 1971 novel Being There by Jerzy Kosiński.

Tadeusz Mostowicz was born August 10, 1898, at his family's village of Okuniewo, near Vitebsk in

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