"The best epic saga of the prewar period"
Czesław Miłosz: History of Polish Literature
Nights And Days
by Jacek Bocheński
"Would you like to become a god? This is perfectly doable."
So starts this fascinating glimpse into the minds of Julius Caesar and his opponents, written in the award-winning brisk style imitating Caesar's own.
The book takes the format of a modern reader commenting on historical documents. Rather than follow the chronological order of events, the book is divided into four parts, each dedicated to a different aspect of Caesar's political strategy: Cruelty, Benevolence, Love, and Hate.
A great critical success when it first appeared in 1961, the book was soon banned by the communist regime because it portrayed too accurately the techniques by which a dictatorship manufactures consent.
Eventually published in several European languages, and considered by many a modern classic, it has been the subject to many academic articles (which will appear as part of a companion volume). Yet, due to the lingering effects of Cold War Era cultural policies, an English translation appears only now.
"This should not be read; it should be savored. It is filet mignon. Let the juice drip down your chin as you mull over every word. What a gift to have this in English!"
Pick up your copy today and find out why a tyrant might now want you to read it.
Jacek Bocheński (b. 1926) is a polish novelist and essayist and former president of the Polish section of the PEN club. A noted dissident figure during the communist rule in Poland, he was barred from publishing and interned during the Martial Law (1981-1983).
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