When V.I. Lyuzhin assumed the post of Party Secretary his

detractors sorely miscalculated his political mastery and his will to

power.  The pundits had examined the wrong musician, studied a

different score, for when Lyuzhin sat down to play he

stormed over the autocratic keyboard, producing music no one had

ever heard before.  He was dazzling.  And the secret of

his political genius was that he knew exactly what the

public needed to hear.  It amounted to a personal declaration

by Lyuzhin that the masters of capital had had their

day.  Lyuzhin channeled public furor into a mandate for dictatorship.


Paraphrases from “In the Days of Mr. Roosevelt” by Saul Bellow.