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For an engrossing insight into nineteenth century Warsaw, there’s nothing better than the classic novel, The Doll by Boleslaw Prus. It’s a world where duels are on their way out, electricity is on the way in and revolution, anti-Semitism and socialism are on the horizon. Prus takes us into the drawing rooms of the elite, the restaurants and taverns of the middle class, to the races and to the theater as his rags to riches hero attempts to woo the aristocratic love of his life. A statue of Prus stands near the site of a newspaper for which Prus once wrote, in a park on Warsaw’s Krakowskie Przedmieście. Fittingly enough for a literary giant, the statue is 12 feet tall.

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