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Poems, journallike entries, and musings--by turn lyrical, meditative, and philosophical--make up this new collection by the Polish poet, essayist, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 21st 1987 by Ecco (first published 1986)
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Antonio Delgado
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Milosz, one of the greatest of the twentieth century, has the poetic capacity to navigate in between idealism and materialism, spirituality and existentialism. He is a nomad poet with a great human sensibility. Understanding the tragedies of the last century cannot be possible without his poetic voice, which acknowledges the company of others.
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Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Possibly one of the best contemporary books of poetry ever written. Reaffirms one's faith in poetry and its power to move us.
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Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"Why not include in one book, along with my own poems, poems by others, notes in prose, quotations from various sources and even fragments of letters from friends if all these pieces serve one purpose: my attempt to approach the inexpressible sense of being." Intriguing, ambitious attempt to capture the unsayable.

"Waters close over us, a name lasts but an instant./ Not important whether the generations hold us in memory./ Great was that chase with hounds for the unattainable meaning of the worl
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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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