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After the Fall

On the Writings of Czesław Miłosz

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Tomasz Garbol

Tomasz Garbol’s book reconstructs Czesław Miłosz’s poetic vision of the world after the Fall. The entry point to this approach is the conviction about the ambivalence of previous interpretations of Miłosz’s works, especially about his bipolar poetic worldview (his intellectual and existential division between pessimism and ecstasy) and his understanding of the consequences of the Fall (reversible or fatalistic). The book is a literary studies take on the relationship between literature and religion. The main direction is that Miłosz’s main need in art comes from his yearning for contact with the meaning of reality, which he seeks in the activity of poetic imagination.

Tomasz Garbol, literary scholar at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the Center of Research on
Religious Literature, and author of monographs about Zbigniew Herbert, „Chrzest ziemi”, and
Czesław Miłosz, Miłosz. Los, editor of the collection on literature and religion, Literatura a religia.