The Captive Mind Written in Paris in the early s this book created instant controversy in its analysis of modern society that had allowed itself to be hypnotized by socio political doctrines and to accept totali

  • Title: The Captive Mind
  • Author: Czesław Miłosz Jane Zielonko
  • ISBN: 9780141186764
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written in Paris in the early 1950s, this book created instant controversy in its analysis of modern society that had allowed itself to be hypnotized by socio political doctrines, and to accept totalitarian terror on the strength of a hypothetical future.

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    1. This is a book of acute psychological understanding, commiserative rumination, and towering moral fibre. Miłosz, a Lithuanian-Pole—a member of the untermenschen that Hitler deemed so pernicious to the rightful ascendancy of the Master Race—was raised imbibing enough of the West, whilst soaking in the East, to enable a judicious and sagacious appraisal of the Soviet Totalitarianism that overwhelmingly blanketed the entirety of Central and Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the Third Reich's [...]

    2. PL: Recenzja w dwóch językach - tekst angielski znajduje się pod polskim.ENG: This is a bilingual review - English text is presented below: Pomysł lektury Zniewolonego Umysłu Czesława Miłosza przyszedł do mnie krótko po skończeniu Imperium Ryszarda Kapuścińskiego - obszernego reportażu z podróży po rozpadającym się sowieckim imperium. Zniewolony Umysł to książka zupełnie inna - to próba zrozumienia ideologii którą Miłosz nazywa Nową Wiarą, stworzoną w Rosji i narzucon [...]

    3. The rage one feels on reading sixteenth-century memoirs whose authors, mostly priests, recount the atrocities committed in America by Spanish Conquistadors is senseless. It cannot resurrect the Caribbean population slaughtered by Ponce de Leon, nor shelter the Inca refugees pursued through the mountains by knights fighting with faith and a sword. Those who have been defeated are forgotten forever; and anyone who would look too closely into the record of past crimes or, even worse, try to imagine [...]

    4. This book was absolutely fascinating. The arguments he made to explain the capitulation of writers and artists under communism were things I would have never thought of before. It's a good read to help blow away any bits of American propaganda about Soviets that are being taught in school still, and help you see the other side of the issue. Mind, this book was written by a man who left as well, so it isn't as if he agrees with the Soviets, he was actually forced out. It explains so much about ho [...]

    5. Milosz es un poeta Polaco,y hace un análisis y reflexión de el vivir bajo el yugo de una democracia popular. Básicamente, la manera en como un estado totalitario puede ir transformando y afectando a los artistas que viven en el. Usa como ejemplo la vida de 4 escritores distintos, y la manera en como el sistema los fue envolviendo. Es tremendo libro, no solo por como es que resalta el que la dialéctica necesita de el arte para convencer a la gente, y aún así no puede reemplazar una necesida [...]

    6. It has been an illuminating and deeply moving experience over the last several months to read or re-read books by Hungarian, Russian and Polish authors, from John Paul II to Anna Akhmatova.These Eastern and Central European authors have insights into the tragedy of Western civilisation that seem unknown, and are certainly still ignored, in Western Europe and the rest of the world that is under its influence. This wonderful book by the great Lithuanian-Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, so exhilirating [...]

    7. Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz should be the mandatory companion piece to Orwell’s 1984. And it is mostly just as good. The Nobel laureate Miłosz was a true giant of literature and he employed his keen mind to dissect and scrutinise the ways in which artists and intellectuals in Eastern Europe adapted themselves to the reality of the totalitarian socialism (and Socrealism). Having been part of the "historical machine" of the Soviet Socialism he also correctly identifies its true nature: tha [...]

    8. Tutsak Edilmiş Akıl'ı okurken hikayemde sürekli alıntılar paylaşmıştım. Uzun zamandan sonra bana postit kullandıran bir kitap olduydu kendisi. Yazarın diline, gözlemlerini aktarış biçime hayran kaldım. Dönüp baktığımda bana safi inceleme olarak sunulmuş olsa belki sıkılır giderdim ama kitaba kendimi kaptırıp okuduğum, okurken de betimlemeleri ve düşünceleri ile beni heyecanlandırdığı için okumaktan büyük keyif aldığım bir eser oldu.Yazar bizleri, doğu a [...]

    9. Czesław Miłosz was born in 1911 in central Lithuania (then part of Russian empire). He wrote lovingly of his Lithuanian childhood in a novel, The Issa Valley, and also in his memoir Native Realm. In his twenties he traveled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent. The result, a volume of his own poetry, was published in 1934. After receiving his law degree that year, he again spent a year in Paris on a fellowship. Upon returning [...]

    10. Helmut Thielicke is not as famous as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor who was a martyred leader of the Confessing Church that opposed Hitler. But Thielicke was also a member the Church and also spoke out against the Nazis. Thielicke’s writings give us a window into life under the Reich.Thielicke reports that among the first to morally capitulate in Nazi Germany were the non-Jewish professors and intellectuals. Their learning and intellect did not guard against surrendering their consci [...]

    11. Even though this as described as an "anti-communist" book, it's far more than that-- it's a plea against totalitarianism of all kinds, not for the usual things (human rights violations, etc.) but for how the mind is effectively colonized. Now, I should point out that Milosz is far more persuasive when he's narrating the lives of his fellow Polish writers-- reminiscent of the film Mephisto-- then when he's making generalizations. In fact, some of his generalizations (that arty types are drawn to [...]

    12. Scritto egregiamente da Czesław Miłosz nel 1951, questo libro è pesantemente intriso della sua esperienza di vita che lo ha visto nascere nella tormentata Lituania e vivere a Varsavia fino alla conclusione del secondo conflitto mondiale. Poi si trasferisce in Occidente chiedendo asilo politico.Nel 1980 riceve il Nobel per la letteratura con la motivazione di colui “che con voce chiara e lungimirante espone la condizione degli uomini in un mondo di gravi conflitti”.Terribilmente toccanti s [...]

    13. “There are occasions when silence no longer suffices, when it may pass as an avowal. Then one must not hesitate. Not only must one deny one’s true opinion, but one is commanded to resort to all ruses to deceive one’s adversary. One makes all the protestations of faith that can please him, one performs all the rites one recognizes to be the most vain, one falsifies one’s own books, one exhausts all possible means of deceit.” – Arthur Gobineau, from ‘Religions and Philosophies of Cen [...]

    14. Fascinating read. Not only does that author vividly portray the suffering of the Polish nation but he also adds a personal touch to his writing. I think this is very important as without it the book would have been just another history read listing facts and dates with a few personal paradigms here and there. I would recommend this book to all those who propagate communism as I believe they are not aware of how this system was imposed on several countries in the aftermath of the Second World War [...]

    15. A great book- Orwellian in its tough minded appraisal of a miserable mindset, political in its interests and powerful in its imaginitive subversion. This book belongs to the select company of texts which are novel(istic), essay(istic), and philosophically stringent about their world, their politics, and their language.I'd put it with 'Catalonia' (sorry to reiterate the praise, but for me there's scarcely a higher honor) and Camus' "The Rebel" in terms of durability, prophecy, and thoughtfulness. [...]

    16. "The term 'peasant revolt' sounds nice in textbooks and has a certain propaganda value, but only for the naive. In reality, the peasants have almost always served as a tool; their leaders, most often of non-peasant origin, have used them for their own ends. The power of the peasants lies in their number; it is a power only when a man like Lenin comes along and throws the weight of their numbers into the scale of events." p.194-5

    17. Oh man. This was way out of my normal box; and maybe that's why I couldn't get it or into it. I found the first chapter not so bad and found some good lines. However, as soon as he got into his writer friends, I just couldn't keep up. As much as I thought I was beginning to understand something, I lost it as I continued to read.

    18. The context in which I read this book was exceptionally perfect. After traveling for several weeks and reading many works of historical fiction about wars, occupations, and eastern european dictatorships in the 20th century, this book was recommended to me by a surly, cell phone hating, beardy long-hair in Halifax. Ok great! The philosophical and academic tone of the book means that each page demands full attention, and much time for reflection I happened to pick this book up on the way to the t [...]

    19. What happens to an artist living in a totalitarian regime? Take your answer from Czeslaw Milosz, who knew better than almost anyone, living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. This interesting and thoughtful series of essays and arguments is a compelling glimpse at the interaction between war and culture. I really love his concluding paragraph, too:"When, as my friend suggested, I stand before Zeus (whether I die naturally, or under sentence of History) I will repeat all this that I have written as my defe [...]

    20. Although this book makes several good and relevant points in the common aspects declining civilizations share (ours included), which lead to the totalitarian demagoguery that eventually rules them. There is a pervasive cynicism through the book that gives the impression the author is throwing up his hands to history and the very worst of human nature as unchangeable and just accepts it as if unable to shake the dialects that he was immured in through communism in Eastern Europe. It would have se [...]

    21. While trying to read this unreadable collection of essays on communism or life in Poland after WWII in the evening did not help any, I did find this book completely confusing, over my head, and impossible to attempt to read any further. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be about politics or philosophy or a combination of the two but it is certainly not for me. Decided to stop torturing myself after reading nearly the first 60 pages.

    22. "Oma kirjanikest sõprade elulugusid visandades ei ütle ta kordagi, et need tegid ideoloogilise vea. Nõukogude võimu rüpes ei tehta vigu, sest viga eeldab valikut. Miloszi kättemaks on rängem, sest ta näitab, leebelt ja irooniliselt: leninistlik–stalinistlikus kultuuriruumis käite te, sõbrad, kõik alla, igatahes ja nagunii" - J. Undusk

    23. Overall a good read. Miłosz outlines the various psychological profiles (Roughly one per chapter) that allowed various people to align with the Communist state. While the book is focusing on people living through World War II and the Iron Curtain, it could be applicable to various eras and countries.There were a handful of awkward exculpatory statements in the book, I can't be too critical since just about every memoir dealing with WWII/The Holocaust has them.Overall, I would recommend it.

    24. The majority of this book was intellectually thrilling, with a balance and subtlety which is rare, for example, on the internet today. On the other hand, I've read a few autobiographical works by Milosz, and it seems as if the subtlety is disguising pro-communist leanings and communist intellectual training. Milosz was an ambassador for communist Poland for a decade or so. He also says, possibly in this book, that he cannot identify with people who have not been raised in a communist intellectua [...]

    25. I'm not an avid reader of essays - well, actually I have a tendency to keep them out from my bookshelves -, but 'The Captive Mind' is a different matter. As some earlier reviewer stated: 'This book has some power'.Well, a Hell of a lot of power, indeed!'The Captive Mind' is an extraordinary study on the different behaviors of human beings when they are engulfed by history.At first it was all but easy to get into the spirit of the book, but then the whole fruitful meditation took off from the mo [...]

    26. Nobel Prize ProjectYear: 1980Winner: Czesław Miłosz Review: The psychological insight in this is outstanding and the descriptions of Poland during and after WWII are essential. Truly a fascinating read and one that I would highly recommend to anybody interested in how the intellectual mind reacts to repressive regimes.Verdict: Although "The Captive Mind" is probably Miłosz's best known individual work, he was most famous at the time and is still probably most famous today as a poet. He was co [...]

    27. When Poland was liberated from Nazi rule many people, including Czeslaw Milosz, saw socialism or communism as the best or only way forward. It was only later, as 'socialist realism' began to stifle independent thought, that Milosz exiled himself from his country and its government. This book is his intellectual journey. He shares with Orwell and Camus the distinction of being criticised for his anti-totalitarian polemic against Stalinist communism and for 'being a communist'. Anyone who can't se [...]

    28. Jest to ważna książka, którą warto przeczytać. Pomimo, że jest parabolą, rzuca światło na sytuację w powojennej Polsce. Mnie właśnie bardziej zaciekawił wątek lokalny, niż ponadczasowe przesłanie dzieła, które odczytuję jako przestrogę przed systemami totalitarnymi. Ciekawy jest też opis Europy przedwojennej. Antagonizmy, które wówczas dominowały na naszym kontynencie nieuchronnie prowadziły do wojny. Byłoby głupotą i ignorancją lekceważyć globalne zagrożenie, ja [...]

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