My Century

My Century

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In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentationa€”in which Wat was a major participanta€”that followed the end of World War I: an explosion of talent and ideas which, he argues, in some ways helped to open the door to the destruction that the Nazis and Bolsheviks soon visited upon the world. But Wata€™s book is at heart a story of spiritual struggle and conversion. He tells of his separation during World War II from his wife and young son, of his confinement in the Soviet prison system, of the night when the sound of far-off laughter brought on a vision of a€œthe devil in history.a€ a€œIt was then, a€ Wat writes, a€œthat I began to be a believer.a€But youa#39;re certain that the guillotine blade will cut off him, Aleksander Wat, with his irony toward the world, his manic-depressive personality, what have you. This transformation does not depend on a change in your psychology a€” maybe youa#39;ll anbsp;...

Title:My Century
Author: Aleksander Wat
Publisher:New York Review of Books - 2013-01-30

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