The Captive Mind has ratings and reviews. Glenn said: Beginning with Hitler and Nazi Germany in up until the fall of the Soviet Union in. The Captive Mind (Polish: Zniewolony umysł) is a work of nonfiction by Polish writer, academic and Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz, published in the. The best known prose work by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and.

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Upon returning, he worked as a commentator at Radio Wilno, but was dismissed, an action described as stemming from either his leftist views or for views overly sympathetic to Lithuania.

Helmut Thielicke is not as famous as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor who was a martyred leader of the Confessing Church that ceslaw Hitler.

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He was brought up a Pole, in Lithuania, under Russian tsarist rule, and as a child witnessed the October revolution and the first world war. I am sure that Zius will be merciful toward people who have given themselves entirely to these hobbies, even though they are thw amusing and pointless diversions. Why would there be some people who chose to live in this system? But perhaps Czwslaw was born so that the “Eternal Slaves” might speak through my lips. Although this book makes several good and relevant points in the common aspects declining civilizations share ours includedwhich lead to the totalitarian demagoguery that eventually rules them.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Dec 13, Glenn Russell added it. La tragedia si svolse sino alla fine con la matematica esattezza delle leggi eterne.

Two years later he received a 3am phone call at his Berkeley home from a journalist in Stockholm, telling him he had won the Nobel prize. Life and death mingle for a second, before a bloody rag falls to the pavement and is kicked aside by an SS boot. No more are artists and writers and intellectuals able to separate themselves from those over and around them; silence and seclusion has been obliterated. milodz


I’d love to give this book a second read, and I’m sure I’ll glean even more understanding the second time around. What I consider interesting is that modern-day liberals are using similar tactics in order to convert people into their cqptive new-faith.

For those who lack this comfort level, it raises many questions. This was way out of my normal box; and jilosz that’s why I couldn’t get it or into it. View all 6 comments. Views Read Edit View history. He is a poet, remember. The Captive Mind is short, it’s a mixture of human frailty and wisdom, and quite specific and subjective in its time and place.

Not so this time around. Jul 31, Sue rated it did not like it Shelves: I think this is very important as without it the book would have been just another history read listing facts and dates with a few personal paradigms here and there.

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The four chapters at the heart of the book then follow, each a portrayal of a cptive Polish man who capitulated, in some fashion, to the demands of the Communist state. A great book- Orwellian in its tough minded appraisal of a miserable mindset, political in its interests and powerful in its imaginitive subversion. If that happens, the book runs the risk — we all run the risk — of it becoming still even more relevant than it is now. But also, when Czeslaw deals with the details of his world, it is, emotionally, some of his most powerful writing.

As much of a political indictment this work is, the thee takes more of a backseat, as he doesn’t offer strong answers. Given the emphasis on self-denial and the glory of God found in some Catholic material, I don’t wholly buy into this binary – although the conflict between Polish Catholicism and the Communist Party was obviously real, and Christianity’s early history was also one of resistance against another Imperium, before it became an international institution itself.


All this to say, what he gives me I read. After receiving his law degree that year, he again spent a year in Paris on a fellowship.

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Caotive man has never mibd been subjected to cczeslaw pressure, never has he had to writhe and wriggle so to adapt himself to forms constructed according to books but obviously not to his size. Hass has said that during this time, Milosz was living in, “intolerable obscurity and loneliness. Granted, this was a stylistic thing in the ’50s, something that writers of all stripes and political persuasions did, and only a few thinkers big ups to Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty!

After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian.

Each of the four has uniquely different relationships to writing, and thinks differently about the way dialectical materialism affects their writing. Actually, I could probably read this book every one or two years for the rest of my life and continue to see parallels and insights I had missed before.

The man of the East cannot take Americans seriously because they have never undergone the experiences that teach men how relative their judgments and thinking habits are. He has measured the intellectual engagements of these people against all the trends of the 20th century.