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An Invisible Rope


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Cynthia L. Haven has contributed to the Times Literary Supplement, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Kenyon Review, the Georgia Review, and others. Recent books include Czeslaw Milosz: Conversations and Peter Dale in Conversation with Cynthia Haven. She was recently a Milena Jesenska Journalism Fellow with Vienna's Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.


"In the wake of his death in 2004, the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz seems more permanent than ever. Yet the creator of that poetry - the human being who spent much of his life wrestling with loneliness, obscurity, and a punishing form of linguistic exile - has already begun to recede into literary history. We should be grateful, then, for the reminiscences that Cynthia Haven has collected in An Invisible Rope. The reader is offered glimpses of Milosz in his salad days and in his post-Nobel splendor, in Wilno and Berkeley, Washington and Krakow. The result is a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of the man whom Adam Zagajewski calls 'an ecstatic poet and ecstatic person.'" - James Marcus, author of Amazonia and Deputy Editor, Harper's Magazine

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