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Milosz, Czeslaw (Translated by Louis Iribarne). THE LAND OF ULRO. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 287 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length memoir-cum-intellectual essay on subject. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Ulro" is what William Blake renamed Planet Earth in his great poems. It is our life seen as an alien rather than familiar place by the greatest mystical poet in the British tradition, where Science and Reason rule unchallenged and indeed with the full cooperation of all other thinkers, creative artists, and writers. Milosz does not believe in a return to a world of pre-scientific innocence partly because the break between the laws of science and the inner life is final and cannot be mended anyway. Still, he writes with admiration about those who rebelled ferociously against our Modern Age (and paid a very steep price for it) : Dostoevsky, Witold Gombrowicz, and Simone Weil, among others, including implicitly and with a humility rare among writers, Czeslaw Milosz himself. Czeslaw Milosz died on August 14, 2004 at the age of 93, the last of the constellation of great Polish modernist writers such as Bruno Schulz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Witold Gombrowicz. "It denotes that realm of spiritual pain such as is borne and must be borne by crippled man. Blake himself was not one its inhabitants, unlike the scientists, those proponents of Newtonian physics, the philosophers, and most other poets and artists" (Czeslaw Milosz). A "must-have" title for Czeslaw Milosz collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Czeslaw Milosz. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CZESLAW MILOSZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374183236. $200.00

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