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Polish Literature-Czeslaw Milosz

shopgirl 6 | 928  
19 Apr 2007 /  #1
I am interested in familiarizing myself with some Polish Literature, especially by Czeslaw Milosz (in English at this point).

Could anyone recommend a particular title as a good starting point? I think I would like to try some fiction, first, then some history. I understand that his writing covers several genres.

I appreciate any suggestions :)

Oops, I spelled last name wrong....should be Milosc!

Doesn't anybody read classic literature?
witek 1 | 587  
20 Apr 2007 /  #2
Czeslaw Milosz :)
His works

.Kompozycja (1930)
Podróż (1930)
Poemat o czasie zastygłym (1933)
Trzy zimy / Three Winters (1936)
Wiersze / Verses (1940)
Pieśń niepodległa (1942)
Ocalenie / Rescue (1945)
Traktat moralny / A Moral Treatise (1947)
Zniewolony umysł / The Captive Mind (1953)
Zdobycie władzy / The Seizure of Power (1953)
Światło dzienne / The Light of Day (1953)
Dolina Issy / The Issa Valley (1955)
Traktat poetycki / A Poetical Treatise (1957)
Rodzinna Europa / Native Realm (1958)
Kontynenty (1958)
Człowiek wśród skorpionów (1961)
Król Popiel i inne wiersze / King Popiel and Other Poems (1961)
OP shopgirl 6 | 928  
20 Apr 2007 /  #3
Thanks for the list Witek!
Can you recommend a work of fiction from this list, please!
most - | 27  
20 Apr 2007 /  #4
I have read 2 - I can recommend Milosz's alphabet. As a casual read, The Captive Mind seems dull and dated. Read in the political context of the 50s it is powerful though.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
20 Apr 2007 /  #5
His works

nice job :) where is the best place to find this in Ireland??? anyone?
witek 1 | 587  
20 Apr 2007 /  #6
The captive mind :)

Check on

here is a link ield-keywords=czeslaw+milosz

daffy 23 | 1,508  
20 Apr 2007 /  #7
thanks Witek
OP shopgirl 6 | 928  
20 Apr 2007 /  #8
Anyone seen the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" with Diane Lane? (one of my very favorite movies :))
She buys a old run-down villa in Italy and renovates it. The construction work is done by three Polish men, one of whom is an uncommunicative literatura professor. Diane's character, Frances, tries to intiate a conversation with them, by showing him a book by CM.

One of my my favorite lines in the film, something like "the fact that I am trying to learn Polish, in Italy, is just one of the many ironies"

I think the only true Polish actor is the young man who plays "Pawel".

If you have not seen this, go get it and watch it, and think about me :)
My heart is in this film. I need a whole box of Kleenex to get through it. Yeah, I know...Chick Flick!

Daffy, if you haven't seen this, watch it with your gf the next time you are together!
daffy 23 | 1,508  
21 Apr 2007 /  #9
Under the Tuscan Sun

sounds like a date :) is it Polish literature? ive never heard of it
21 Apr 2007 /  #10
Have you read the the Book? It was written by Frances Mayes and is different then the movie. I also love the book. Being an American of Polish descent, I very much enjoyed the Polish builders. In the book, they did not have as prominent of role. The Poles were portrayed as very, very strong men, who moved mountains for Frances Mayes as her home was rennovated.
OP shopgirl 6 | 928  
21 Apr 2007 /  #11
No I haven't read the book. The Polish bulders were my favorite part of the movie, too!

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