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Legends of modernity : essays and letters from occupied Poland, 1942-43

Author: Czesław Miłosz; Jerzy Andrzejewski; Madeline G Levine
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Legends of Modernity, now available in English for the first time, brings together some of Czeslaw Milosz's early essays and letters, composed in German-occupied Warsaw during the winter of 1942-43. "Why did the European spirit succumb to such a devastating fiasco?" the young Milosz asks. Half a century later, when Legends of Modernity saw its first publication in Poland, Milosz said: "If everything inside you is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
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Named Person: Czesław Miłosz; Jerzy Andrzejewski; Czesław Miłosz; Jerzy Andrzejewski; Czesław Miłosz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Czesław Miłosz; Jerzy Andrzejewski; Madeline G Levine
ISBN: 0374184992 9780374184995
OCLC Number: 57414688
Description: xvi, 266 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Essays from the Occupation --
Letter essays of Jerzy Andrzejewski and Czesław Miłosz.
Other Titles: Legendy nowoczesności.
Responsibility: Czesław Miłosz ; translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine ; introduction by Jaroslaw Anders.
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Legends of Modernity, now available in English for the first time, brings together some of Czeslaw Milosz's early essays and letters, composed in German-occupied Warsaw during the winter of 1942-43. "Why did the European spirit succumb to such a devastating fiasco?" the young Milosz asks. Half a century later, when Legends of Modernity saw its first publication in Poland, Milosz said: "If everything inside you is agitation, hatred, and despair, write measured, perfectly calm sentences ..." While the essays here reflect a "perfect calm," the accompanying contemporaneous exchange of letters between Milosz and Jerzy Andrzejewski express the raw emotions of "agitation, hatred and despair" experienced by these two close friends struggling to understand the proximate causes of this debacle of western civilization, and the relevance, if any, of the teachings of the Catholic church.

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