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My Century
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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 experimentation --in which Wat was a major participant-- 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 Wat'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 "the devil in history." "It was then," Wat writes, "that I began to be a believer."

Title:My Century
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1590170652
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages
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    My Century Reviews

  • Buck
    Sep 01, 2008

    There's no way I can confine myself to a capsule review, so if you just want the glib, soundbite version, I'll say this: My Century makes most autobiographies, and most novels for that matter, seem h...

  • John Gaynard
    Jan 17, 2013

    My Century is a memoir based on lengthy warts-and-all tape-recorded conversations between Aleksander Wat and Czeslaw Milosz, the Polish Poet, in Berkeley and Paris in 1964-1965 towards the end of Wat'...

  • Mubarak bin Jerusalem
    Apr 06, 2017

    "Apart fom his immense acuity and the intuition of a born poet, Pasternak had a certain mental ceiling; there was something almost retarded about him."...

  • Dan
    Nov 26, 2013

    Recommended only for readers interested in the subject: the experience of a Polish Jewish intellectual dealing with the nightmare of his country overrun from the west by Hitler, then from east by Stal...

  • Andrew Davis
    Apr 11, 2014

    Masterpiece of life under Russian communism experienced by Poles who found themselves in the eastern Poland when it was partitioned by Stalin following Ribbentrof-Molotov pact signed in August 1939. I...

  • PhiloLogos
    Jun 30, 2016

    Puncte forte: + uimitoarea memorie, care dezgroapă o galerie foarte stufoasă de personaje, bine conturate, cu ştiinţa detaliului definitoriu; + exemplaritatea traseului existenţial, pornit sub au...

  • Cynthia
    Nov 05, 2011

    Ik dacht dat het een moeilijk boek zou zijn om te lezen, maar uiteindelijk bleek het uitermate fascinerend te zijn om te lezen over de parallelle wereld van verbannen Polen in Rusland gedurende de twe...

  • Steven
    Aug 18, 2009

    This is a wonderful memoir about Aleksander Wat's time in prison during both the soviet and the nazi occupation of Poland in the forties. It is vivid and wonderful, it reads like a story even though t...

  • Adam Dupaski
    Oct 21, 2008

    Amazing....