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.