Aleksander Wat by Tomas Venclova
Life and Art of an Iconoclast

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This work tells the story of Aleksander Wat, from his Polish-Jewish upbringing, his participation in the literary avant-garde in the 1920s, through to his work as editor of a Communist journal before World War II, his conversion to democracy, and his emigration to the West in 1959.
 

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Venclova was born in Lithuania. He is a poet, professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Yale University, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New Republic. Diana Senechal holds a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatDiana Senechal holds a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale; her translations of the Lithuanian poetry ofures from Yale; her translations of the Lithuanian poetry of Tomas Venclova have appeared in two books, Winter Dialogue Tomas Venclova have appeared in two books, Winter Dialogue and The Junction. A former New York City public school teachand The Junction. A former New York City public school teacher, she has written for numerous education blogs and magaziner, she has written for numerous education blogs and magazines. She is the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanites. She is the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Cultuies, awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. re. Czeslaw Milosz is the recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent publications are Striving Towards Being: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Czeslaw Milosz (FSG, 1997) and Road-side Dog (FSG, 1998). He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published April 24, 1996 by Yale University Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Polish writer Wat was born with the century on May 1, 1900, a date and a year that seem, in retrospect, to predict his life as a fellow traveler and as a witness to the worst this century had to offer.

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