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Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004) often seemed austere and forbidding to Americans, but those who got to know him . We should be grateful, then, for the reminiscences that Cynthia Haven has collected in An Invisible Rope

Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004) often seemed austere and forbidding to Americans, but those who got to know him found him warm. We should be grateful, then, for the reminiscences that Cynthia Haven has collected in An Invisible Rope. The reader is offered glimpses of Milosz in his salad days and in his post-Nobel splendor, in Wilno and Berkeley, Washington and Krakow. The result is a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of the man whom Adam Zagajewski calls ‘an ecstatic poet and ecstatic person.

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Moderated by Alan Timberlake.

Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz" Book presentation: Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

A poet, translator, and prose writer, Milosz was a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1961 to 1998.

Ohio University Press, 2011. Czesław Miłosz (1911–2004) often seemed austere and forbidding to Americans, but those who got to know him found him warm, witty, and endlessly enriching. An Invisible Rope presents a collection of remembrances from his colleagues, his students, and his fellow writers and poets in America and Poland. Miłosz’s oeuvre is complex, rooted in twentieth-century eastern European history. A poet, translator, and prose writer, Milosz was a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1961 to 1998. In 1980 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Czeslaw Milosz () often seemed austere and forbidding to Americans, but those who got to know him found him warm, witty, and endlessly enriching. An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz" presents a collection of remembrances from his colleagues, his students, and his fellow writers and poets in America and Poland. Milosz s oeuvre is complex, rooted in twentieth-century eastern European history.

Cynthia Haven has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post Book World, the Los Angeles .

In 2007 she received a Milena Jesenská Journalism fellowship with Vienna's Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. Haven is the author of Czeslaw Milosz: Conversations (2006) and Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz (2011).

Czeslaw Milosz, photo: Erazm Ciołek . Her books include An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czesław Miłosz (2011), Czesław Miłosz: Conversations (2006), Joseph Brodsky: Conversations (2003), and Peter Dale in Conversation with Cynthia Haven (2005).

Her An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz will be published next year by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press.

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten “Literary Essays” Title, Spring 2011.

Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004) often seemed austere and forbidding to Americans, but those who got to know him found him warm, witty, and endlessly enriching. An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz presents a collection of remembrances from his colleagues, his students, and his fellow writers and poets in America and Poland. Milosz’s oeuvre is complex, rooted in twentieth-century eastern European history. A poet, translator, and prose writer, Milosz was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1961 to 1998. In 1980 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The earliest in this collection of thirty-two memoirs begins in the 1930s, and the latest takes readers to within a few days of Milosz’s death. This vital collection reveals the fascinating life story of the man Joseph Brodsky called “one of the greatest poets of our time, perhaps the greatest.”


Comments: (3)

Mavegar
I love Milosz, so it is great pleasure when one of your friends has photo on the cover isn't it?
Majin
Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz, edited by Cynthia Haven

An engaging picture of poet Czeslaw Milosz emerges from a series of brief, carefully edited memoirs by people who knew him well. Cynthia Haven, a widely published journalist, writes on cultural topics for the online Stanford Report and blogs almost daily for "The Book Haven." A former student of Joseph Brodksy, she has become an expert on the role of poetry and literature in exile. The Czeslaw Milosz story has an unexpectedly fairytale-happy ending. He was vindicated after decades of ostracism and sustained slander. He defected in disgrace from communist Poland, and found refuge on the faculty of UC Berkeley, a uniquely hospitable home for displaced Slavs. In the 1960s he was not just between chairs, but rather in an abyss: politically anathema in Poland as a defector, and politically suspect in the U.S. as a former communist official. As a poet, his vocation was far from essential in the American context. And as a poet who wrote in Polish, his work was banned in the country where there were people who could actually read it. In an effort to establish an audience, he wrote an English language textbook history of Polish literature, and it was picked up by barely a dozen libraries...at this point his loneliness and isolation were profound. The central image is endurance, holding on to the rope. It is an ambiguous image, ropes could have other uses, but he had luck, skill and history on his side to prevail. He was well aware from the beginning of his exile that he could end up like his brilliant colleague Budberg, who languished consigned to oblivion despite a distinguished career at UC Berkeley. Translation became both the method and the metaphor for his work in exile. One friend reminded him to have his poetry translated into both English and Swedish, with a Nobel Prize in mind. It finally worked. From the intelligentsia at Berkeley, from classes of students, colleagues, conference attendees, he assembled a small army of translators and worked compulsively with them at his now famous Berkeley home on Grizzly Peak, with its stunning view. Many of these colleagues are represented in the collection. The brief portraits sent me back to Milosz's poetry over and over, with greater understanding each time. The long collaborative translation sessions functioned as kind of an American substitute for the intellectual cafe life of Eastern Europe, which he desperately missed. And the translators became his first serious readers, who else reads so closely? His bilingual output transcended the traditional linguistic boundaries, and inadvertently positioned his work in the newly emerging globalized context. Berkeley poet Robert Hass, perhaps the most talented and revered of his translators, evades a question from Cynthia Haven about the effect of all this translation on American poetry. Maybe it's best left for the reader to ponder.
Centrizius
Good read so far
An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Cynthia L. Haven
ISBN: 080401132X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (March 29, 2011)
Pages: 304 pages