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By Aleksander Wat

In My Century the nice Polish poet Aleksander Wat offers a spellbinding account of lifestyles in japanese Europe in the course of the negative 20th century. in keeping with interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the inventive, sexual, and political experimentation --in which Wat was once a tremendous participant-- that the tip of global struggle I: an explosion of expertise and concepts which, he argues, in many ways helped to open the door to the destruction that the Nazis and Bolsheviks quickly visited upon the area. yet Wat's booklet is at center a narrative of non secular fight and conversion. He tells of his separation in the course of international struggle II from his spouse and younger son, of his confinement within the Soviet felony procedure, of the evening whilst the sound of far away laughter prompted a imaginative and prescient of "the satan in history." "It was once then," Wat writes, "that i started to be a believer."

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Contains bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-59017-065-2 (alk. paper) 1. Wat, Aleksander. 2. Poets, Polish—20th century—Biography. I. Lourie, Richard, 1940—II. name. III. sequence. PG7158. W282A3613 2003 891. 8'517—dc22 2003023592 publication ISBN: 978-1-59017-542-2 v1. zero for a whole checklist of books within the NYRB Classics sequence, stopover at www. nyrb. com or write to: Catalog Requests, NYRB, 435 Hudson highway, long island, big apple 10014 MY CENTURY THE ODYSSEY OF A POLISH highbrow ALEKSANDER WAT Edited and translated from the Polish via RICHARD LOURIE Foreword by way of CZESLAW MILOSZ manhattan evaluate BOOKS big apple eastern ARCHERY 1. The hand tells the bowstring: Obey me. The bowstring solutions the hand: Draw Valiantly. The bowstring tells the arrow: O arrow, fly. The arrow solutions the bowstring: velocity my flight. The arrow tells the objective: Be my mild. the objective solutions the arrow: Love me. 2. the objective tells arrow, bowstring, hand and eye: Ta twam asi. this means that in a sacred tongue: i'm Thou. three. (Footnote of a Christian: O mom of God, watch over the objective, the bow, the arrow and the archer). ALEKSANDER WAT Translated through Richard Lourie CONTENTS Biographical Notes Map name Chronology Foreword, by way of Czeslaw Milosz creation, by means of Richard Lourie MY CENTURY 1. The Early Twenties. constitution of Polish Society. Futurism. Jan Hempel. Władysław Broniewski. Bruno Jasieński. 2. the issues of Autobiography. The GGA Manifesto and Antipoetry. three. Demonism and Exorcism. The Literary per 30 days. Fraternité Ou l. a. Mort. four. Going Over To Communism. five. Mayakovsky in Warsaw. Paul Eluard. A Theatrical Montage for the nationwide Exhibition in Poznań. Berlin in 1928. 6. Paris in 1928. Jan Hempel. energy Struggles within the Soviet Union. Witkacy’s Novels. Poland After Piłsudski’s Coup. 7. Witkacy. The Soviet Embassy. Mayakovsky. eight. Russia. Communism. Patriotism. nine. The Literary per month: Articles and assaults. 10 . The Literary per thirty days. Isaac Deutscher. First Arrest. Politics and bed room Farce. eleven. principal felony. Broniewski the Egotist. touch with the operating type as Editor and mobile Mate. 12. Communists in legal: employees and destiny Statesmen. unlock From felony. Hitler Takes strength. Fascism Or Communism. thirteen. The Thirties. Lightning Bolts From Russia. Splits within the get together. Anti-Semitism. 14. Disbanding of the Polish social gathering. The Essence of Stalinism. Gebethner’s Publishing condo. dying of My mom. Omens. 15. warfare. Flight To Lwów. The crimson military. a brand new Writers’ Union. The pink Banner. Self-criticism. sixteen. Lwów. Wanda Wasilewska. Broniewski. Soviet Writers. indicators That i'll be Arrested. 17. Lwów. Articles for the purple Banner. Digression on Mongolia As a People’s Republic. My Jewishness. Provocation and Arrest. 18. count number Bielski. My mobilephone in Zamarstynów legal. 19. faith in legal. Être and Paraître. Literature in felony. Social Bonds. Poles and Ukrainians. 20. a brand new non secular chief within the phone. air of secrecy and Hierarchy. internal lifestyles in criminal. An Informer. The Punishment telephone. Broniewski As Hero. 21. Kiev in Autumn. Transit legal in Kiev. kids in criminal.

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