Milosz and the Problem of Evil

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Publication Date
August 2015
Page Count
272 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Milosz and the Problem of Evil

Lukasz Tishner; Translated from the Polish by Stanley Bill

While scholars have chronicled Czesław Miłosz’s engagement with religious belief, no previous book-length treatment has focused on his struggles with theodicy in both poetry and thought. Miłosz wrestled with the problem of believing in a just God given the powerful evidence to the contrary in the natural world as he observed it and in the horrors of World War II and its aftermath in Poland. Rather than attempt to survey Miłosz’s vast oeuvre, Łukasz Tischner focuses on several key works—The Land of Ulro, The World, The Issa Valley, A Treatise on Morals, A Treatise on Poetry, and From the Rising of the Sun—carefully tracing the development of Miłosz’s moral arguments, especially in relation to the key texts that influenced him, among them the Bible, the Gnostic writings, and the works of Blake, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Scho­penhauer. The result is a book that examines Miłosz as both a thinker and an artist, shedding new light on all aspects of his oeuvre.
About the Author

LUKASZ TISCHNER is an assistant professor in the department of Polish literature of the twentieth century at the Institute of Polish Philology, Jagiellonian University, in Krakow.

STANLEY BILL is a lecturer in Polish studies at the University of Cambridge.