Archive for September, 2004

Polish Nobelist Passes away

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) - “Slowly, because not until after reaching ninety, the doors opened for me and I walked out into the clarity of the morning (…) and I said that we are all children of the Lord. Because we come from where there is no divide between Yes and No, nor the division into Is, Will be, and Was.”

“Second Space” – Czesław. Miołosz

Czesław Miłosz – poet, prose writer, essayist, translator, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born on June 30, 1911, in Sztejnie on the banks of the Niewaza River in Lithuania. “Sztejnie, Ginejty, and Peiksiva – these were noble villages, very independent and sometimes in conflict with the local manors over lands in the forest. (…) The villages were purely Lithuanian and very aware of their heritage. (…) After the occupation of these lands by the Soviet Union the residents of these villages were transported to Siberia. (…) Buildings were torn down, orchards cut down and cleared (…).” This is how the Nobelist recalled his childhood.

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