Monday, August 16, 2004

Czeslaw Milosz 

One of great poets of the twentieth century, a Nobel Prize winner for literature, and my fellow Cracowian, Czeslaw Milosz, had died at the age of 93. His book "Captive Mind" remains one of the best works ever written on the psychology of Stalinism and the fascination that communism holds for generations of intellectuals.

Having survived - and outlived - both the Nazis and the communists, Milosz had acquired deep
wisdom that is so often bred of the Central European adversity:

"A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death -- the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders, we are not going to be judged."
Rest in peace.


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