A businessman in love
Jameson describes the uniqueness of Lalka, the classiȩ novel by Bolestaw Prus, whose reception in English-speaking countries still leaves much to be hoped for. Jameson sees the novel's ingenuity and its superiority to contemporary English, French or Russian literature not only in Prus's skill but also in the specificity of Polish history and culture. In his view, the main theme of the novel is the political experience of its central character Wokulski, which constitutes an absent centre of the person acting, as well as the central problem of the novel itself. In Jameson's reading, lalka is a great political novel, a narrative whose absent core is a political event, not quoted anywhere in the text, but omnipresent through its very absence.
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