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Levine, Madeline G.

Overview
Works: 29 works in 76 publications in 2 languages and 4,233 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Personal narratives  Records and correspondence  Anecdotes 
Roles: Thesis advisor, Translator, Other, Editor
Classifications: PG7158.M553, B
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Most widely held works by Madeline G Levine
To begin where I am : selected essays by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collects five decades of essays by the Nobel Prize-winning writer, covering topics including war, human nature, faith, communism, and Polish culture
Milosz's ABC's by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Man has been given to understand/ that he lives only by the grace of those in power./ Let him therefore busy himself sipping coffee, catching butterflies." So muses Polish migr poet and Nobel laureate Milosz in one of his earlier poems, and such might be the principle guiding this most recent collection of his writings. Bits and pieces of memoir are ranged in alphabetical order, making up a curious glossary of a life lived in Poland and the United States and a literary career spanning six decades. Reminiscences of Poland before, during and after WWII occupy much of the volume. Even when Milosz is chronicling his life since he settled permanently in California in 1960, after a period of exile in France, his memories center on friends made in childhood at school in Wilno. Brief character sketches are intermixed with reflections on subjects like Milosz's sense of obligation to the Polish language and Polish literary tradition, his admiration of poets like Walt Whitman and Joseph Brodsky, and, more generally, on themes like curiosity, fame and terror. It is these sections that will engage American readers, who elsewhere are likely to flounder in a sea of names. The fragments of autobiography collected in this edition represent only a selection from the texts of two Polish ABCs, and readers will be grateful for the culling. It is difficult to escape the sense thatDlike butterflies in a dusty caseDthe scraps of memory affixed here have lost their living glitter." -- Summary from Publisher
Contemporary Polish poetry, 1925-1975 by Madeline G Levine ( Book )
6 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A year of the hunter by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Like Native Realm, Czeslaw Milosz's autobiography written thirty years earlier, A Year of the Hunter is a "search for self-definition." A diary of one year in the Nobel laureate's life, 1987-88, it concerns itself as much with his experience of remembering - his youth in Wilno and the writers' groups of Warsaw and Paris; his life in Berkeley in the sixties; his time spent with poets and poetry - as with the actual events that shape his days. Throughout, Milosz tries to account for the discontinuity between the man he has become and the youth he remembers himself to have been. Shuttling between observations of the present and reconstructions of the past, he attempts to answer the unstated question: Given his poet's personality and his historical circumstances, has he managed to live his life decently? --Publisher
Legends of modernity : essays and letters from occupied Poland, 1942-43 by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Legends of Modernity, now available in English for the first time, brings together some of Czeslaw Milosz's early essays and letters, composed in German-occupied Warsaw during the winter of 1942-43. "Why did the European spirit succumb to such a devastating fiasco?" the young Milosz asks. Half a century later, when Legends of Modernity saw its first publication in Poland, Milosz said: "If everything inside you is agitation, hatred, and despair, write measured, perfectly calm sentences..." While the essays here reflect a "perfect calm," the accompanying contemporaneous exchange of letters between Milosz and Jerzy Andrzejewski express the raw emotions of "agitation, hatred and despair" experienced by these two close friends struggling to understand the proximate causes of this debacle of western civilization, and the relevance, if any, of the teachings of the Catholic church
The woman from Hamburg and other true stories by Hanna Krall ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall reveals how the lives of World War II survivors are shaped in surprising ways by the twists and turns of historical events. A paralytic Jewish woman starts walking after her husband is suffocated by fellow Jews afraid that his coughing would reveal their hiding place to the Germans. A young American man refuses to let go of the ghost of his half brother who died in the Warsaw ghetto. He never knew the boy, yet he learns Polish to communicate with his dybbuk. A high ranking German officer conceives of a plan to kill Hitler after witnessing a mass execution of Jews in Eastern Poland. Through Krall's adroit and journalistic style, her reader is thrown into a world where love, hatred, compassion, and indifference appear in places where we least expect them, illuminating the implacable logic of the surreal. "It is precisely the difficult path [Krall] takes toward her topic that has made some of these texts masterpieces." -- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (on Dancing at Other People's Weddings) "Heartbreaking, strange . . . and marvelously told." -- Die Zeit (on Proofs of Existence)
Bread for the departed by Bogdan Wojdowski ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A World War II novel on the Warsaw Ghetto whose protagonists are Jewish children. They are called rats and spend their time smuggling food across the wall from the Christian side. The author, who was a child in the ghetto, describes the way children adapt to changed circumstances
God's horse ; and, The atheists' school by Wilhelm Dichter ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Proud to be a mammal : essays on war, faith and memory by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and Polish and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a collection of essays that covers the author's 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
Wrestling with ghosts : Poles and Jews today by Madeline G Levine ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beginning with my streets : essays and recollections by Czesław Miłosz ( Book )
5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A memoir of the Warsaw uprising by Miron Białoszewski ( Book )
4 editions published between 1977 and 1991 in English and Polish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fully restored text by Tadeusz Borowski ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tadeusz Borowski was a talented 21-year-old poet when he was arrested as a political prisoner in Poland and, though not Jewish, was deported to Auschwitz in 1943. At the end of the Second World War, he emerged to be one of the most influential writer. This book offers the translation of Borowski's prose fiction, including his uncollected stories
Here in our Auschwitz and other stories by Tadeusz Borowski ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An essay on the poetry of Osip Mandelstam : God's grateful guest by Ryszard Przybylski ( Book )
2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A scrap of time and other stories by Ida Fink ( Book )
3 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A Scrap of Time", "The Garden That Floated Away", "Behind the Hedge", "A Dog", "Jean-Christophe", "The Key Game", "A Spring Morning", "A Conversation", "The Black Beast", "Aryan Papers", "Inspector van Galoshinsky", "The Pig", "Titina", "Night of Surrender", "The Tenth Man", "Crazy", "Jump!", "The Other Shore", "Splinter", "The Shelter", "Traces", "The Table."
How are Things in California by Ceil Batista ( )
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Here in Our Auschwitz and Other Stories. ; The Fully Restored Text by Tadeusz Borowski ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Lost landscapes : in search of Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Jews of Poland by Agata Tuszyńska ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
When Agata Tuszynska, a Polish historian and best-selling author, began reading the novels and short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, she found in them not just literary characters and plots, but fascinating details of the missing world of Polish Jews - a world permanently erased by the Holocaust and the subsequent forty-five years of Communist rule. Singer, the only writer working in Yiddish to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, was an avid chronicler of that once rich and vibrant culture. So, surrounded by silent mementos of that lost world - an overgrown cemetery full of broken tombstones, a cinema in an ancient synagogue - Tuszynska decided to re-create it from the memories of its dispersed and aged inhabitants. Her travels took her to small Polish towns, once resonant with the voices of Singer's heroes and now empty of any Jewish presence, to the cafes of Tel Aviv and the Jewish neighborhoods of New York. But her real journey took her deep into the memories of Singer's colleagues and co-workers, of Holocaust survivors and those who were merely witnesses. Tuszynska's search produces a series of emotional and cathartic encounters. Speaking with Jews and Poles alike, she patiently removes layers of pain and trauma, examining personal, tragic, and often purposely forgotten experiences. From these, she weaves a broad and tangled tapestry of lives lived side by side, and of collective yet vastly different memories of a tragically intertwined past
Novel histories repudiation of Soviet historiography in the works of Iurii Trifonov, Vladimir Makanin, and Liudmila Ulitskaia by Jenne Powers ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Aspects of Stalinist historiography have influenced the style of late-Soviet and post-Soviet Russian prose fiction. Through a simplified linear plot, archetypically heroic and villainous characterizations, and catechismal rhetoric, the Soviet leadership manipulated Russian history to justify their own power. Soviet historiographical methods of emplotment and characterization as well as narrative and rhetorical devices form a stratum of meaning in the fiction of Iurii Trifonov, Vladimir Makanin, and Liudmila Ulitskaia. These three writers polemicize with the style and substance of Soviet historiography, but they do not participate in a postmodern rejection of the artist's potential role as historian. These three author's fictional plots counteract the teleological plot of official Soviet history. The prose fiction of Trifonov, Makanin, and Ulitskaia disavows the linear progress plot through fragmentation. The actors in the dramas of Soviet historiography are typically collectives: peasants, workers, and the Party. The characters in the works I will present by Trifonov, Makanin, and Ulitskaia reverse this choice of character. Their characters tend to be anything but heroic; they are failures, underdogs, and underachievers. They are foremost individuals, however, alienated from the collective and acting, or refusing to act, according to expectations or rational laws. This prose also abounds in metaphors and symbols for the passage and effects of time. Natural images such as fire and flood, evocative emblematic emotions, such as Makanin's feeling of being left behind, and dream imagery all serve to personalize history. Finally, official Soviet histories were narrated by a single, authoritative voice. A consistent feature of the novels and longer works of Trifonov, Makanin, and Ulitskaia is the presence of multiple narrators within single, unified works. The presence of voices in first and third person in each of these works forces the reader to accept not only multiple viewpoints, but also multiple ways of telling the stories of the past
 
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Alternative Names
Levine, Madeleine.
Levine, Madeline G.
Languages
English (63)
Polish (2)
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