On Czeslaw Milosz: Visions from the Other Europe (Writers on Writers #14) (Hardcover)
A compelling personal introduction to the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning writer Czeslaw Milosz from his fellow Polish exile and acclaimed writer Eva HoffmanCzeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was a giant of twentieth-century literature, not least because he lived through and wrote about many of the most extreme events of that extreme century, from the world wars and the Holocaust to the Cold War. Over a seven-decade career, he produced an important body of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including classics such as The Captive Mind, a reflection on the hypnotic power of ideology, and Native Realm, a memoir. In this book, Eva Hoffman, like Milosz a Polish-born writer who immigrated to the West, presents an eloquent personal portrait of the life and work of her illustrious fellow exile. Milosz experienced the horrors of World War II in Warsaw--the very epicenter of the inferno--and witnessed the unfolding of the Holocaust from up close. After the war, he lived as a permanent exile--from Poland, communism, and mainstream American culture. Hoffman explores how exile, historical disasters, and Milosz's origins in Eastern Europe shaped his vision, and she occasionally compares her own postwar trajectory with Milosz's to show how the question of "the Other Europe" is still with us today. She also examines his later turn to the poetry of memory and loss, driven by the need to remember and honor his many friends and others killed in the Holocaust. Combining incisive personal and critical insights, On Czeslaw Milosz captures the essence of the life and work of a great poet and writer.