Being There (novel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Being There
First edition cover
AuthorJerzy Kosinski
PublisherHarcourt Brace
Publication date
Preceded bySteps 
Followed byThe Devil Tree 

Being There is a satirical novel by the Polish-born writer Jerzy Kosinski, published in 1970.[1] Set in America, the story concerns Chance, a simple gardener who unwittingly becomes a much sought-after political pundit and commentator on the vagaries of the modern world.

A film based on the book was made in 1979; Kosinski co-wrote the film's screenplay with Robert C. Jones.


When Kosinski published Being There, wrote historian Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska, "most Polish critics immediately recognized [his book] as a version of Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (Nikodem Dyzma's Career) by Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz, a novel from the interwar period, and Kosinski was accused of plagiarism",[2] as he was with his first novel.

With his first novel, The Painted Bird, published in 1965, Kosinski was accused of plagiarizing a book published in the Second Polish Republic by the Polish ethnographer Henryk Biegeleisen.[2]


  1. ^, copy-paste excerpts from: 1971 and 1973 periodicals including Times Supplement (1971), Chicago Review (1973), Harper's (1973), Critique (1973), Hudson Review (1973), and Books and Bookmen (1973). Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Adamczyk-Grabowska, Monika (2001). "The Role of Polish Language and Literature". In Wolitz, Seth L. (ed.). The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer. University of Texas Press. p. 137. ISBN 029279147X.

External links[edit]