Essays and Letters from Occupied Poland, 1942–1943
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 266 pp.
He was “among those members of humankind who have had the ambiguous privilege of knowing and standing more reality than the rest of us.” This is how the Irish poet Seamus Heaney described Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), Nobel Prize-winning Lithuanian-born poet, novelist, and essayist. This “ambiguous privilege” spanned enough of the disasterous twentieth century to fill several lifetimes.
Milosz was raised as a Pole in Lithuania under...
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