|Followed by||The Devil Tree|
Being There is a satirical novel by the Polish-born writer Jerzy Kosinski, first published in 1970. 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.
When Jerzy 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 very popular novel from the interwar period, and Kosinski was again accused of plagiarism".
The authorship controversy was a repetition of an earlier case, concerning Kosinski's first novel, The Painted Bird, published in 1965, which was accused of being plagiarized from a book published in the Second Polish Republic by the Polish ethnographer Henryk Biegeleisen.