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The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czesław Miłosz

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Haldane Room


Harvard University Press are hosting a screening and discussion of The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czesław Miłosz.

In celebration of the publication of Miłosz: A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated by Aleksandra and Michael Parker, published on 24th April 2017, Harvard University Press invites you to a free screening of The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czesław Miłosz.

The film is exactly an hour long, and is in English and Polish (with English subtitles). It will be followed by a short panel discussion and a Q&A session with Andrzej Franaszek, the author of Milosz, the poet's Polish editor, Jerzy Illg, and the translators of Milosz, Aleksandra and Michael Parker.

This fine documentary offers rich insights into the life, thought and work of Czesław Miłosz, who Joseph Brodsky famously described “one of the greatest poets of our time, perhaps the greatest.” Directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz and scripted by Andrzej Franaszek, it features interviews with and readings by Czesław Miłosz, who shot to international fame in 1980 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Magic Mountain includes contributions from many key American admirers of Milosz’s work, including Susan Sontag, Helen Vendler, Jane Hirschfield, and Robert Hass, his translator, as well as input from several of his former students. As well as shedding light on the difficulties and frustrations he experienced living in exile, it contains many warm, humorous sequences, some shot at the poet’s home on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, and at UC Berkeley where he taught from 1960 until the early 1990s.

Free to attend, includes a glass of wine. Copies of the book will be available to buy at a discount at the event. RSVP:


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