Unattainable Earth

Unattainable Earth

by Czeslaw Milosz

View All Available Formats & Editions

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This new volume by the 1980 Nobel laureate combines poetry, prose commentary, and ``inscripts''quotations from other writersto create an intimate, multi-layered chorus of voices exploring themes of loss, the inadequacy of language, and the imaginative search for spiritual transcendence. Milosz does not entirely trust language; it is never an end in itself. Thus his verse often expresses contradictions: ``I think that I am here, on this earth,/ to present a report on it, but to whom I don't know./ As if I were sent so that whatever takes place/has meaning because it changes into memory.'' If there is meaning, it is ``unattainable.'' A poet of essences rather than of forms, Milosz, despite his bleak outlook, maintains a sense of wonder at being alive. Lyric and discursive, erotic and philosophical, this is a complex, deeply affecting work. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Czeslaw Milosz was born in Szetejnie, Lithuania, in 1911. He worked with the Polish resistance movement in Warsaw during World War II and was later stationed in Paris and Washington, D.C., as a Polish cultural attaché. He defected to France in 1951, and in 1960 he accepted a position at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980, and was a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in 2004.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >