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The Land of Ulro

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This major prose work, originally published in English in 1985, is both a moving spiritual self-portrait and an unflinching inquiry into the genesis of our modern afflictions. A man who was raised a Catholic in rural Lithuania, lived through the Nazi occupation of Poland, and emerged, first in Europe and then in America, as one of our most important men of letters, speaks ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 22nd 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1980)
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Adam Sol
Mar 18, 2017 Adam Sol rated it really liked it
Rich thinking and literary history, should NOT be your first introduction to Milosz. But troubling and indefatigably inspiring as well.
Ola Loobeensky
Apr 30, 2015 Ola Loobeensky rated it it was amazing
To jest dla mnie książka przełomowa i znakomita, kontra dla nicości, zżerającej umysł oraz wysysającej do cna energię życiową, odpór dany negacji duchowości. Muszę to przemyśleć.


We live in wrong phase of history for "The Land of Ulro" to find audience big enough and with minds operating on suitable software. I'm not saying this book is some kind of universal remedy for anything; it's simply refreshing to read that Ulro might not be a glimpse of Unfalsifiable Truth but just another momen
May 04, 2011 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heady stuff here, and many rabbit holes to get completely lost in, but worthwhile. Ulro is a term borrowed from Blake to represent man's alienation as a result of the triumph of scientism. Although Milosz strangely never refers to Buber, it is the essence of living in an I-It world. We've been cast out of Eden, and now we're stuck with ourselves, wandering about the desert like lost wraiths. Nice stuff.
Jan 29, 2008 John rated it really liked it
The anti-Stalinist and Polish poet's literary and spiritual autobiography. The Land of Ulro is William Blake's name for the fallen, empty, mechanical civilization we now live in. Milosz's reflections on his engagement with works - from Dostoevsky to Swedenborg - that attempt to counter Ulro makes for a beautiful but weird essay. I found I didn't have the context to fully understand his comments on Polish literature and poetry.
Ihar Razanau
Jul 17, 2016 Ihar Razanau rated it it was amazing
Сложная книга, вбившая широкий клин в небольшую трещину моего рационального мировосприятия. "Бясконцая адлегласць аддзяляе дабро ад неабходнасцi". Но до этой цитаты Симоны Вайль надо ещё добраться. Книга читается трудно, по крайней мере для моего мозга это было что-то абсолютно инородное. И в этом, пожалуй, ее достоинство. Впустить к себе в голову Чеслава Милоша того стоит.
Dec 19, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: polish, own
With just a slight twist of autobiography this is pretty much a reflection on literature, especially the works of Gomborowicz and Blake. Milosz is an ever-astute observer.
Nov 26, 2007 Alex rated it it was amazing
I think it is largely a young man's dilemma, but the idea of disinherited mind shaped a lot of my thinking for at least a year after reading this book.
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Found this disappointing. Much inferior to the essays in Kundera's The Curtain
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Czesław Miłosz memorialised his Lithuanian childhood in a 1955 novel, The Issa Valley , and in the 1959 memoir Native Realm . After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in 1931 he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian. His first volu ...more
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