The captive mind

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Vintage International, 1981 - Fiction - 251 pages
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The best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the left or right.

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If you want a more nuanced account of life in an ostensibly socialist state, Milosz is your man. It avoids all the truisms of a liberal critique of socialism, without glossing over the unavoidable cruelty of Poland's capitalist regime. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Bandeira - Goodreads

Czesław Miłosz was a true master of his craft. This books moved me in so many ways I can't even say it. Not only is it a must-read for anyone studying anything related to social realism, socialism ... Read full review


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Czeslaw Milosz was born in 1911 in Szetejnie, Lithuania. He survived World War II in Warsaw, publishing in the underground press, after which he was stationed in New York, Washington, and Paris as a cultural attachE from Poland. He defected to France in 1951, and in 1960 he accepted a position at the University of California at Berkeley. Although his writing was banned in Poland, he was nevertheless awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 2004 in KrakOw.