LEGENDS OF MODERNITY - Essays And Letters from Occupied Poland, 1942-1943
Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005 Strony / Pages: 266, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-53046-7
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Translated by Madeline G. Levine
Introduction by Jaroslaw Anders

Editorial Reviews:
From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. 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 luxuriantly 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.

The New York Times Book Review:
"These early reflections by Milosz. . .form a remarkable testament to an uncaptive mind consecrated to living in truth."

Review:

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

Anne Applebaum, The New York Sun "[This is] Milosz’s attempt to reconcile everything he knows about literature and humanity with the total destruction he was witnessing." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description:

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.

Passionate, poignant, and compelling, Legends of Modernity is a deeply moving insight into the mind and emotions of one of the greatest writers of our time.

About the Author:

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).

Czeslaw Milosz 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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Historia literatury Polskiej Czeslaw Milosz Znak, 1993 Strony / Pages: 526, miekka oprawa ISBN: 83-7006-424-8
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Poezja Poerty
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Rozmowy tom I Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: WL, 2011 Strony / Pages: 1053, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04677-7
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Rozmowy polskie 1999 - 2004
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Rosja
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Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo :Zeszyty literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 286, miękka oprawa ISBN: 978-83-60046-98-2
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ABECADLO Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 384, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04491-9
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LEGENDY NOWOCZESNOSCI Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2010 Strony / Pages: 324, twarda oprawa ISBN: 978-83-08-04409-4
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CONVERSATIONS Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University Press of Mississipi, 2006 Strony / Pages: 217, soft cover ISBN: 1-57806-829-0
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SECOND SPACE - NEW POEMS Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Ecco/Harper Collins Publishers, 2005 Strony / Pages: 102, hard cover ISBN: 0-06-074566-5
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THE ISSA VALLEY - A NOVEL Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000 Strony / Pages: 288, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-51695-2
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THE LAND OF ULRO Czeslaw Milosz Published by: Farrar-Straus-Giroux, 2000 Strony / Pages: 287, soft cover ISBN: 0-374-51937-4
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ORFEUSZ I EURYDYKA Czeslaw Milosz Wydawnictwo: Literackie, 2003 Strony / Pages: 51, twarda oprawa ISBN: 83-08-03347-4
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EMPEROR OF THE EARTH Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1999 Strony / Pages: 253, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04503-3
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NATIVE REALM A SEARCH FOR SELF-DEFINITION Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1984 Strony / Pages: 300, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04474-6
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THE HISTORY OF POLISH LITERATURE Czeslaw Milosz Published by: University of California Press, 1983 Strony / Pages: 583, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04477-0
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NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS Czeslaw Milosz Published by HARPER COLLINS, 2001 Strony / Pages: 776, twarda oprawa ISBN: 0-06-019667-X
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WITNESS OF POETRY Czeslaw Milosz Published by Harvard University Press, 1983 Strony / Pages: 121 ISBN: 0-674-95383-5
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COLLECTED POEMS Czeslaw Milosz Published by The Ecco Press, 1988 Strony / Pages: 511 ISBN: 0-88001-174-2
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TO BEGIN WHERE I AM Czeslaw Milosz Published by: FSG, 2001 Strony / Pages: 462, twarda oprawa ISBN: 0-374-25890-2
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ROAD SIDE DOG Czeslaw Milosz Published by:FSG Strony / Pages: 208, SOFT COVER ISBN: 978-0-374-52623-8
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MILOSZ’S ABC’S Czeslaw Milosz Published by: FSG Strony / Pages: 313, hard cover ISBN: 0-374-19977-9
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POSTWAR POLISH POETRY Czeslaw Milosz Published by UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Strony / Pages: 191, soft cover ISBN: 0-520-04476-2
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