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Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia and The Key to Heaven
by Leszek Kolakowski
translated by Agnieszka Kolakowska and Salvator Attanasio
University of Chicago Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-226-45039-1
Library of Congress Classification PG7170.O4A23 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8357

This volume contains two unusual and appealing satirical works by the well-known European philosopher Kolakowski. The first, Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia, is set in a fictional land. Each story illustrates some aspect of human inability to come to terms with imperfection, infinitude, history, and nature. The second, The Key to Heaven, is a collection of seventeen biblical tales from the Old Testament told in such a way that the story and the moral play off each other to illustrate political, moral, or existential foibles and follies.

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