Title: VISIONS FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY - Rare Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1982
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 226 pages. Published in 1982. Landmark collection of essays. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Czeslaw Milosz's "Visions From San Francisco Bay" in a felicitous English translation by the great American novelist Richard Lourie. Closely intertwined essays on his adopted home of San Francisco, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, even for the Polish Master who has seen more than his share of beauty. Note however that his essays are called "visions", not "views", and they are "remarkable, morally serious, and thought-provoking essays, which strive to lay aside the barren categories by which we have understood and judged our state. Their subject is the frailty of modern civilization" (The Nation). Czeslaw Milosz died on August 14, 2004 at the age of 93, the last of the constellation of great Polish modernist writers such as Bruno Schulz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Witold Gombrowicz. "How do you write about suffering and still be able to approve of the world at the same time? If you really think about the horror of the world, the only suitable attitude seems to be to reject it. I've always regretted that I'm made of contradictions. But, if contradiction is impossible to overcome, we have to accept both its ends" (Czeslaw Milosz). Words of humility and wisdom, the two virtues our Post-Modern Age is sorely lacking, are in abundance here. An absolute "must-have" title for Czeslaw Milosz collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Czeslaw Milosz. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CZESLAW MILOSZ, WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, AND THOMASZ ROZYCKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374284881. Bookseller Inventory # 14347
Synopsis: Interrelated essays by the Nobel Laureate on his adopted home of California, which Lewis Hyde, writing in The Nation, called "remarkable, morally serious and thought-provoking essays, which strive to lay aside the barren categories by which we have unders
About the Author: Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was the winner of the 1978 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His last book was To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001). Many of his works have been translated into English, including, Beginning with My Streets (FSG, 1992), The Year of the Hunter (FSG, 1994), Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998) Milosz's ABC's (FSG, 2001) and To Begin Where I Am (FSG, 2001).
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