The Elephant

Author: Slawomir Mrozek

  • Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 06 May 2010
  • Series: Penguin Modern Classics
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The Elephant (1957) is Slawomir Mrozek's award-winning collection of hilarious and unnerving short stories, satirising life in Poland under a totalitarian regime. The family of a wealthy lawyer keep a 'tamed progressive' as a pet; a zoo saves money for the workers by fashioning their elephant from rubber; a swan is dismissed from the municipal park for public drunkenness; and under the Writers' Association, literary critics are banished to the salt mines. In these tales of bureaucrats, officials and artists, Mrozek conjures perfectly a life of imagined crimes and absurd authority.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780141193045
  • Size: 129 x 198mm
  • Pages: 176
  • Published: 06 May 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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