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To Begin Where I Am: Selected Essays

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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."

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"To Begin Where I Am" brings together a rich sampling of poet 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, this is a comprehensive selection of essays--some never before translated into English.

About the Author

Czeslaw Milosz was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is a professor, now emeritus, of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent publications are Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998), and Milosz's ABC's (FSG, 2000).

Table of Contents

Introduction

My Intention

PART ONE: 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

PART TWO: 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?

PART THREE: 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

PART FOUR: IN CONSTANT AMAZEMENT

From "Notebook"

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374528591
Editor:
Levine, Madeline; Carpenter, Bogdana
Translator:
Levine, Madeline G.
Translator:
Levine, Madeline
Translator:
Levine, Madeline; Carpenter, Bogdana
Editor:
Carpenter, Bogdana
Author:
Levine, Madeline
Author:
Carpenter, Bogdana
Author:
Milosz, Czeslaw
Introduction:
Levine, Madeline G.
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.14 x 5.98 x 1.22 in

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