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Proud To Be A Mammal (Penguin Modern Classics)


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Proud to be a Mammal (1942-97) is Czeslaw Milosz’s moving and diverse collection of essays. Among them, he covers his passion for poetry, his love of the Polish language that was so nearly wiped out by the violence of the twentieth century, and his happy childhood. Milosz also includes a letter to his friend in which he voices his concern about the growing indifference to murder and the true value of freedom of thought, as well as a verbal map of Wilno, with each street revealing both a rich local history and intricate, poignant personal memories.

This collection contains 15 essays, some of which were first published in English in Native Realm (1968) and some in To Begin Where I Am: Selected Essays (2001).