The Captive Mind

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Copyright:
1981

Book Details

Book Quality:
Excellent
Book Size:
263 Pages
ISBN-13:
9780679728566
Publisher:
N/A
Date of Addition:
Copyrighted By:
Czeslaw Milosz
Adult content:
No
Language:
English
Categories:
Nonfiction, Politics and Government, History
Submitted By:
Barbara Baker
Proofread By:
Barbara Baker
Usage Restrictions:
This is a copyrighted book.

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Milosz examines the effects of "Socialist realism" and other totalitarian demands on writers within the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. He tells the story of four writers variously undone by these strictures on their writing -- one caves in and writes nothing but dreck; one commits suicide when the gap between what he sees and what he can write about becomes too great... It is a masterful handling of a difficult period in European literature, and a grim case study of how creative minds can be controlled and silenced. ("Beta," the second writer Milosz profiles is Tadeusz Borowski, whose stunning set of Holocaust stories "This Way For The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen" should be much better known.)