The captive mind polish zniewolony umys is a 1953 work of nonfiction by polish writer poet academic and nobel laureate czesaw miosz it was first published in english translation by secker and warburg in 1953 the work was written soon after the authors defection from stalinist poland in 1951. The captive mind paperback international edition august 11 1990 by czeslaw milosz author visit amazons czeslaw milosz page find all the books read about the author and more see search results for this author are you an author . The captive mind begins with a discussion of the novel insatiability by stanisaw ignacy witkiewicz and its plot device of murti bing pills which are used as a metaphor for dialectical materialism but also for the deadening of the intellect caused by consumerism in western society. The captive mind by czeslaw milosz discusses life in the eastern european countries during the years of stalinism the book was written during this era and earned the author a nobel prize for literature. Captive mind and particularly the portraits of alpha beta etc are possibly the best writing i have ever seen although describing events of 60 years ago it is still useful and relevant to read it today
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