The Mountains Of Parnassus

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

byCzeslaw MiloszTranslated byStanley Bill

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The Nobel laureate’s unfinished science fiction novel—available in English for the first time ever

Awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1980, Czeslaw Milosz was one of the twentieth century’s most esteemed poets and essayists. This outstanding translation of his only hitherto unavailable work is classic Milosz and a necessary companion volume for scholars and general readers seeking a deeper understanding of his themes. Written in the 1970s and published posthumously in Polish in 2012, Milosz’s deliberately unfinished novel is set in a dystopian future where hierarchy, patriarchy, and religion no longer exist. Echoing the structure of The Captive Mind and written in an experimental, postmodern style, Milosz’s sole work of science fiction follows four individuals: Karel, a disaffected young rebel; Lino, an astronaut who abandons his life of privilege; Petro, a cardinal racked with doubt; and Ephraim, a potential prophet in exile. The original manuscript of this work is held at the Beinecke Library, and this edition will include photographs of the draft.

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The Nobel laureate’s unfinished science fiction novel—available in English for the first time ever Awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1980, Czeslaw Milosz was one of the twentieth century’s most esteemed poets and essayists. This outstanding translation of his only hitherto unavailable work is classic Milosz and a necessary compa...

Czeslaw Milosz (1911–2004) was a Polish poet, novelist, essayist, translator, and diplomat of Polish and Lithuanian descent who defected to the West in 1951. Stanley Bill is lecturer in Polish studies at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300214251

ISBN - 13:9780300214253

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking and beautifully written Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of The Mountains of Parnassus! Beautifully-written sci-fi. But I think the most incredible part is how thought-provoking it is. The notes at the beginning, the introduction from the author himself... they raise issues about science fiction and its relationship to reality and religion, about a work's completeness and how the reading process can also be creative, and so much more. So engaging, and so thought-provoking.
Date published: 2016-12-05

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“Milosz’s futuristic landscape unsettles and captivates.”—Publishers Weekly