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Visions from San Francisco Bay Paperback – July 1, 1983
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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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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.