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Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was the winner of the 1978 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His last book was To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001). He is the author of numerous works, many of which have been translated into English, including Beginning with My Streets (FSG, 1992), The Year of the Hunter (FSG, 1994), Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998) Milosz's ABC's (FSG, 2001) and To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001).

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In his landmark 1953 book, The Captive Mind, Nobel-winning poet and essayist Milosz discoursed on the havoc totalitarian rule plays on the mental processes of intellectuals. Here we see Milosz's own mind at work in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, crafting essays of ideas, pursuing a fantastically high-minded correspondence with friend and fellow writer Jerzy Andrzejewski, and developing themes inspired by the works of Defoe, Balzac, Gide, Stendhal and Nietzsche. Call it "The Captive Mind in Action." Curiously, the tension implied by Milosz's situation is hardly evident in the essays: where one might expect his tone to be skittish, fearful, foreboding, the most remarkable aspect is his ability to ensconce his steady authorial voice so l uxuriantly in the unpressing issues of, say, the imaginative projection required today to view Giotto's medieval saints properly. The most interesting essay demonstrating this phlegmatic tone enlists Tolstoy's War and Peace to help Milosz understand the global conflagration of his own time. But anger, bitterness and self-recrimination rage in some of the letters, where he says he thinks of writing a "confession... that would exceed in its violence and scream of pain, [the] Romantic era's settling of accounts of the conscience." For those who hanker for the high seriousness of continental thinkers like Camus, this volume is a welcome beacon from the past. (Oct. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Early essays and final poems from the late, great Nobel prize winner. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Czeslaw Milosz:
"To Begin Where I Am"
"A giant elusive in our midst."--John Updike, "The New Yorker"
"Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind."--"The Economist"
""To Begin Where I Am "bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art."--Adam Kirsch, "Bookforum"
"Milosz's ABC's"
"Splendid..."Milosz's ABC's" is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet." --Edward Hirsch, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance." --Richard Eder, "The New York Times"
"Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his ex
Praise for Czeslaw Milosz:

"To Begin Where I Am"

"A giant elusive in our midst."--John Updike, "The New Yorker"

"Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind."--"The Economist"

""To Begin Where I Am "bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art."--Adam Kirsch, "Bookforum"

"Milosz's ABC's"

"Splendid..."Milosz's ABC's" is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet." --Edward Hirsch, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance." --Richard Eder, "The New York Times"

"Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his extraordinary life."--Jaroslaw Anders, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

A giant elusive in our midst. "John Updike, The New Yorker on 'To Begin Where I Am'" Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind. "The Economist on 'To Begin Where I Am'" "To Begin Where I Am "bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art. "Adam Kirsch, Bookforum on 'To Begin Where I Am'" Splendid..."Milosz's ABC's" is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet. "Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'" Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance. "Richard Eder, The New York Times on 'Milosz's ABC's'" Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his extraordinary life. "Jaroslaw Anders, Los Angeles Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'""


A giant elusive in our midst. John Updike, The New Yorker on 'To Begin Where I Am' Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind. The Economist on 'To Begin Where I Am' To Begin Where I Am bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art. Adam Kirsch, Bookforum on 'To Begin Where I Am' Splendid...Milosz's ABC's is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet. Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's' Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance. Richard Eder, The New York Times on 'Milosz's ABC's' Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his extraordinary life. Jaroslaw Anders, Los Angeles Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'"

"A giant elusive in our midst." --John Updike, The New Yorker on 'To Begin Where I Am'"Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind." --The Economist on 'To Begin Where I Am'"To Begin Where I Am bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art." --Adam Kirsch, Bookforum on 'To Begin Where I Am'"Splendid...Milosz's ABC's is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet." --Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'"Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance." --Richard Eder, The New York Times on 'Milosz's ABC's'"Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his extraordinary life." --Jaroslaw Anders, Los Angeles Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'

-A giant elusive in our midst.- --John Updike, The New Yorker on 'To Begin Where I Am'-Extraordinary...These 400 pages or so document the development, over seven decades, of a great mind.- --The Economist on 'To Begin Where I Am'-To Begin Where I Am bears witness to Milosz's lifetime of toil in the fields of memory, faith, and art.- --Adam Kirsch, Bookforum on 'To Begin Where I Am'-Splendid...Milosz's ABC's is a benedictory text, an alphabetical rescue operation, a testimonial to those who have suffered and gone before us, a hymn to the everlasting marvel and mystery of human existence...Milosz [is] arguably the greatest living poet.- --Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'-Eloquent...A remarkable fusion of passion and balance.- --Richard Eder, The New York Times on 'Milosz's ABC's'-Few writers in our time can rival Milosz's ability to render justice to the strange spectacle of the world. We should be grateful for the wisdom of his extraordinary life.- --Jaroslaw Anders, Los Angeles Times Book Review on 'Milosz's ABC's'

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