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Jarosław Płuciennik
Jarosław Płuciennik

Czesław Miłosz
Czesław Miłosz
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm in Fahy Hall 236

Dr. Jarosław Płuciennik, Professor Ordinarius of the Humanities and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Łodź, Poland, will deliver a lecture "A Man of Faith and Poetry" about the life and intellectual trajectory of the great Polish poet and Nobel-prize recipient, Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004).

Miłosz is rightly considered to be one of the preeminent literary figures of the twentieth century. Born in Lithuania, at the time still under the rule of the Russian tsar, he launched his literary career in pre-war Poland. He spent most of World War II in Nazi-occupied Warsaw working for underground presses. After the war, he came to the United States as a diplomat for the Polish communist government, working at the Polish consulate first in New York, then in Washington. In 1950 he was transferred to Paris, and the following year he requested and received political asylum. He spent the next decade in Paris as a freelance writer. In 1953 he published his famous indictment of totalitarianism "The Captive Mind," and his novel, "The Seizure of Power," received the Prix Littéraire European from the Swiss Book Guild. In 1960 he moved to the United States to become a lecturer in Polish literature at the University of California at Berkeley. He later became professor of Slavic languages and literature. He did not visit Poland again until 1981. Besides the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, he received numerous other honors, including an award for poetry translations from the Polish P.E.N. Center in Warsaw, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He has written virtually all of his poems in his native Polish, although his work was banned in Poland until after he won the Nobel Prize. He has also translated the works of other Polish writers into English, and has co-translated his own works with such poets as Robert Hass and Robert Pinsky. His translations into Polish include portions of the Bible (from Hebrew and Greek) and works by Charles Baudelaire, T. S. Eliot, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Simone Weil, and Walt Whitman.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Russian and East European Studies Program, and the Slavic Club. The event is free and open to the public. Slavic refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact:
Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845
ines.murzaku@shu.edu

 

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