The Captive Mind
Written by Czeslaw Milosz
Translated from the Polish by Jane Zielonko
Written in the early 1950s, when Eastern Europe was in the grip of Stalinism and many Western intellectuals placed their hopes in the new order of the East, this classic work reveals in fascinating detail the often beguiling allure of totalitarian rule to people of all political beliefs and its frightening effects on the minds of those who embrace it.
"A central text in the modern effort to understand totalitarianism."
The New York Times Book Review
"A fautlessly perceptive analysis of the moral and historical dilemma we all face. . . As timely today as when it was first written."
CZESLAW MILOSZ was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania in 1911. A witness to the devastation of Lithuania and Poland by the Nazi and Stalinist tides, he survived World War II in German-occupied Warsaw with his wife, Janina, publishing in the underground press. After the war he was stationed as a cultural attache from Poland in New York, Washington, and Paris; he defected to France in 1951. In 1960 he accepted a position at the University of California at Berkeley. Milosz received the 1978 Neustadt International Prize in Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in Krakow, Poland, in 2004.
Publishing House: Vintage International, New York 1990
SoftCover book measuring 5.1" x 8"
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