The Mountains Of Parnassus by Czeslaw Milosz

The Mountains Of Parnassus

byCzeslaw MiloszTranslated byStanley Bill

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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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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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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Title:The Mountains Of ParnassusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300214251

ISBN - 13:9780300214253

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“The Mountains of Parnassus should be read as poetry . . . wander back through its sentences, and find how one after another deploys words with utter precision . . . [like] a series of speculative prose poems . . . The philosophical strength of The Mountains of Parnassus amplifies as it moves from one story to the next . . . Indeed, perhaps the entire novel proves better suited to the current moment than to the one it was born out of 45 years ago.”—Emma Schneider, Full Stop