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Text: English, Polish (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was the winner of the 1978 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His last book was To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001). Many of his works have been translated into English, including, Beginning with My Streets (FSG, 1992), The Year of the Hunter (FSG, 1994), Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998) Milosz's ABC's (FSG, 2001) and To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Second Pr. edition (July 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374517630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374517632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a native Pole, so it's easy for me to say "Milosz is great". I can read his works in the original language he has written them in, however, as person who uses the English language on the daily basis, I can also say "He is the poet of the world". In this book, Milosz shows his talent at its best. Descriptive, enigmatic and feeling. Thank you for that, Czeslaw,this books expressed your feelings so eloquently that it helped me express mine.
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Anyone interested in World War II would profit from discovering this neglected masterpiece about the endgame in Poland 1944-45.The celebrated Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz lightly fictionalizes the actual events that led to the Soviet Union swallowing Poland in 1945, showing how
divisions among Polish factions, lack of help from the West and the Soviets’ indomitable drive for power condemned two generations of Poles.
Milosz tells the story through lightning flashes of narrative, following half a dozen main characters through the unhappy story. One fights to liberate Warsaw while the Soviets allow the rebellion to be crushed, another is drawn into the Soviets’ web, a third dithers before escaping. The narrative crackles with ideas, as the Poles who survived the Nazis come to grips with the reality of Soviet domination. After Milosz wrote this novel and one other in the early 1950s, he turned to essays and poetry to analyze and express the tragedy of his country’s history.

BTW, the description at the head of Amazon’s “Seizure of Power” webpage wrongly describes the book as comprising essays about California.
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The American media has always liked to delineate "sides" in any conflict. We come to think of "good guys" and "bad guys", aggressors and defenders. But in many situations, it's not so simple. Look at the Middle East today. I'm not going to go into that. But the situation in Poland, as World War II drew to a close, was at least as chaotic as today's conflicts in the Arab world. You had Nazis, you had German civilians beginning to flee west before the oncoming Soviet army. You had that Soviet army, in no mood to forget what the Germans had been doing in their country since 1941, but unwilling to help the nationalist rising in Warsaw in 1944. The instigators of that rising, the former ruling class in Poland, many of whom had fled to Britain in 1939-40, broadcast encouragement and tried to support allies still in Poland. These were as anti-Semitic as the Nazis; they hoped to recover their privileges at war's end. Opposed to them were Polish Socialists and Polish Communists (who marched to the Soviet drum). Jews and other Poles, released from the camps, Russian slave-workers freed from Germany---all were criss-crossing the country, trying to survive in the destroyed cities. As the Russians advanced, it became obvious they were planning to stay, their Polish allies would help them do it.. Polish guerrillas gathered in the forests. Atrocities occurred all around. Ideology often trumped humanity. Tell me...who were the good guys here? Most people just tried to stay alive, not easy. To explain how all this felt, Milosz, previously a poet, wrote this novel, giving a number of characters roles which would display how all the different "sides" thought.Read more ›
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By kitkat on January 19, 2016
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very good interesting read
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Terrible... I loved the few poetry books I had come across in some used bookstores... but this. I've heard it all before from other people all my life. It felt like a bunch of complaints and criticisms without a lot of in depth or philosophical thought behind any of it. The writing seemed forced and the "beauty"... well, likewise. Forced and cramped. I got through about half of it reading just before and during a flight to Spain. I carried it with me through the streets of Madrid and luckily my brother found a bookstore that sold some books of classic literature in English. I happily left the book behind and didn't even worry about getting any money back out of it. I came home with a different book, the plane ride being much quicker on the return.
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