To Begin Where I Am Selected Essays

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ISBN-13: 9780374528591
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Description: A comprehensive selection of essays--some never before translated into English--by the Nobel Laureate. To Begin Where I Am brings together a rich sampling of poet Czeslaw Milosz's prose writings. Spanning more than a half century, from an  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A comprehensive selection of essays--some never before translated into English--by the Nobel Laureate. To Begin Where I Am brings together a rich sampling of poet Czeslaw Milosz's prose writings. Spanning more than a half century, from an impassioned essay on human nature, wartime atrocities, and their challenge to ethical beliefs, written in 1942 in the form of a letter to his friend Jerzy Andrzejewski, to brief biographical sketches and poetic prose pieces from the late 1990s, this volume presents Milosz the prose writer in all his multiple, beguiling guises. The incisive, sardonic analyst of the seductive power of communism is also the author of tender, elegiac portraits of friends famous and obscure; the witty commentator on Polish complexes writes lyrically of the California landscape. Two great themes predominate in these essays, several of which have never appeared before in English: Milosz's personal struggle to sustain his religious faith, and his unswerving allegiance to a poetry that is "on the side of man."

Czeslaw Milosz is the recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent publications are Striving Towards Being: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Czeslaw Milosz (FSG, 1997) and Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998). He lives in Berkeley, California.

Introduction My Intention
These Guests of Mine
Who Was I? Notes on Exile Happiness
Dictionary of Wilno Streets After All . . . Miss Anna and Miss Dora
Journey to the West On Oscar Milosz
The Prioress Brognart: A Story Told over a Drink
Alpha the Moralist Tiger Zygmunt Hertz Pity
On The Side of Man
Letter to Jerzy Andrzejewski Speaking of a Mammal
Facing Too Large an Expanse
Religion and Space Carmel To Robinson Jeffers
Essay in Which the Author Confesses
That He Is on the Side of Man, for Lack of Anything
Better The Importance of Simone Weil Shestov, or the Purity of Despair Dostoevsky
A Philosopher Saligia If Only This Could Be Said Why Religion?
Against Incomprehensible Poetry
Remembrance of a Certain Love A Semi-Private Letter
About Poetry Ruins and Poetry Anus Mundi
Against Incomprehensible Poetry Reflections on T. S. Eliot Robert Frost
On Pasternak Soberly Notes About Brodsky
In Constant Amazement
From "Notebook"
Notes
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