Posts Tagged ‘nobel prize for literature’

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.


Upon the 135th Anniversary of the Birth of the famous writer . . .

Saturday, June 1st, 2002

“My childhood was quite sad. There were nine of us children. I had seven sisters and I often hid amongst them because we were subjected to the harshest discipline by our god-fearing parents. Our father was implacable, punishing our childish indiscretions relentlessly. I was terrorized by fear and the uncertainty of my lot . . .but yet, fascinated with the outside world… My existence was bleak, surrounded by poverty and harshness with only hard work to look forward to each day…”
Such are the memories of the earliest years of our celebrated novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature – Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont.

He was born on May 7, 1867 in the village of Kobiele Wielkie near Radom. His father was an organist and a secretary in the parish office and his mother was a housewife. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to the outskirts of Lodz, taking up residence at their own farm, where Wladyslaw spent his childhood.