Road-side Dog

Czeslaw Milosz; Translated by the Author and Robert Hass

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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224 Pages



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In this memorable collection of poems and essays, aphorisms and anecdotes, Milosz addresses a wide range of topics with extraordinary insight and a wry sense of humor. From reflections on youth and beauty to meditations on growing old, from thoughts on this century's dark history to considerations of the poet's place at this stage, the master-poet reveals his inimitable gift for observation in a series of simple, beautiful prose poems. Remarkable for its brevity, spontaneity, and generosity of spirit, Road-side Dog is one of the most engaging works to date from one of the greatest poets of the modern age.


Praise for Road-side Dog

"A valorous and beautiful work . . . There are poems as haunting as any he has written."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"Nobody tells the story of this age better than Czeslaw Milosz . . . Road-side Dog is delightful."—Jaroslaw Anders, The New Republic

"An elusive as well as allusive work . . . A pleasure."—Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

"An end-of-the-century diary from one of the century's most important poets."—Christopher Merrill, San Francisco Chronicle

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  • Czeslaw Milosz; Translated by the Author and Robert Hass

  • Czeslaw Milosz was awarded the 1978 Neustadt International Prize in Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature. Since 1962 he has been a professor, now emeritus, of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his recent publications are To Begin Where I Am, Striving Towards Being: The Letters of Czeslaw Milosz and Thomas Merton, and Road-side Dog. He lives in Berkeley, California, and Krakow, Poland.

  • Czeslaw Milosz © Jerry Bauer