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Milosz, Czeslaw (Translated by Robert Haas and Czeslaw Milosz). MILOSZ'S ABC'S. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 313 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's collection of reflections, aphorisms, and intellectual portraits. One of Czeslaw Milosz's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Czeslaw Milosz's aphoristic reflections, the sayings of one of the wisest and most thoughtful writers of our time. Presented by the author in alphabetical order, here are witty, erudite, eloquent, and often outspoken entries on politics, poetry, prose, and the key figures of the 20th century. "Perhaps my ABC's are instead of: Instead of a novel, instead of an essay on the 20th century, instead of a memoir. Each of the individuals remembered here sets into motion a network of mutual allusions and interdependencies linked to the facts of my century. The ABC book is a Polish genre, a loose form composed of short, alphabetical entries. The ABC book becomes a sort of hybrid autobiographical reference book, combining citations of characters from earlier prose works and poems with references to real historical figures like Camus, Cezanne, Edward Hopper, Arthur Koestler, Mark Edelman, the Polish writers Gombrowicz and Herbert, and the poets Baudelaire and Frost, who were particularly influential during my formative years, to places, and to broader topics such as The City, Unhappiness, and Money. How do you write about suffering and still be able to approve of the world at the same time? If you really think about the horror of the world, the only suitable attitude seems to be to reject it. I've always regretted that I'm made of contradictions. But, if contradiction is impossible to overcome, we have to accept both its ends" (Czeslaw Milosz). 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. A gem of a book, this is a "must-have" title for Czeslaw Milosz collectors.. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online are subsequent printings, remainder-marked, or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CZESLAW MILOSZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374199779. $50.00

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