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Milosz : a biography

Author: Andrzej Franaszek; Aleksandra Parker; Michael Parker
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Andrzej Franaszek's award-winning biography of Czesław Miłosz--the great Polish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980--offers a rich portrait of the writer and his troubled century, providing context for a larger appreciation of his work. This English-language edition, translated by Aleksandra Parker and Michael Parker, contains a new introduction by the translators, along with historical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Czesław Miłosz; Czesław Miłosz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrzej Franaszek; Aleksandra Parker; Michael Parker
ISBN: 9780674495043 0674495047
OCLC Number: 959649749
Notes: Translated from the Polish.
Description: vii, 526 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. The garden of Eden, 1911-1920 --
'Darkness split by distant flashes, illuminations' --
The earthly paradise --
Good and bad blood --
A grenade under the bed --
Chapter 2. The young man and the mysteries, 1921-1929 --
The apartment with fig-plants --
Tomcat --
Doctor Catchfly --
Manichean poisons --
Early literary tastes (and Russian roulette) --
Inside the lodge --
The rushing Heraclitean river --
Chapter 3. Black Ariel, 1930-1934 --
'I devote too little time to study' --
Egg-man --
The Cezary Baryka Complex --
Friday seminars, literary Wednesdays --
Leviathan's wardens --
'A bridge suspended in mid-air' --
The Devil's see-saw --
'If early love had lasted ... ' --
'To the left, to the right' --
Chapter 4. The country of the first emigration, 1935-1939 --
'A certain student in the city of Paris' --
'The whole cosmos revolves within us' --
'On black meadows' --
Publican --
'A handful of unearthly truths' --
'Siena descends into gleams' --
'In my homeland, to which I will not return' --
Warsaw friendships --
Janka --
Coming down to earth --
A blood-red star --
Chapter 5. Voices of poor people, 1939-1945 --
Medals in the suitcase --
Reflections on the inferno --
The theory of the last złoty --
Miranda's Island --
Gniewosz --
'A poor Christian looks at the ghetto' --
Noah's Ark --
Chapter 6. In partibus daemonis, 1945-1951 --
'We are from Lublin' --
Robinson Crusoe from Warsaw --
A pact with the Devil --
Mother's grave --
Rescue --
Chochoły --
'A passion for doing something useful' --
Open-source intelligence --
'We are slaves here!' --
Dry Flame --
Slaughterhouse --
Chapter 7. A Story of One Particular Suicide Case, 1951-1960 --
'And you are a deserter' --
Rock Bottom --
'The enemy of order--humankind' --
Exorcisms --
Daughter of Prophets --
'Beyond tears' --
'Enough of this lethargy and fighting' --
'To be able to earn a living through writing' --
Les grands seigneurs --
'To you, sweetheart, I cannot say hello' --
Eternal Moment --
A Place on Earth --
Chapter 8. The Magic Mountain, 1961-1980 --
Grizzly Peak --
Settling Accounts on Two Fronts --
Wilderness --
Letters to Oneself --
An American in Paris --
Second Space --
Prisoners of Ulro --
'Perhaps only my reverence will save me' --
'One of the greatest poets of our time, if not the greatest' --
Job --
Chapter 9. The Nobel and the Poet's Later Years, 1980-2004 --
Remembering the Wounds --
'This crown keeps slipping over my ears' --
Heloise --
'I will haunt you with my strange love' --
The Dragon --
Provinces --
'One bright point.'
Other Titles: Milosz.
Responsibility: Andrzej Franaszek ; edited and translated by Aleksandra and Michael Parker.


Andrzej Franaszek's award-winning biography of Czeslaw Milosz-winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature-recounts the poet's odyssey through WWI, the Bolshevik revolution, the Nazi invasion of Poland,  Read more...


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Czeslaw Milosz was one of the great poets of the twentieth century. He lived through many of its terrors, its spiritual agonies, and the fierce intellectual combat about its meaning, and there is Read more...

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