A Conversation With Czeslaw Milosz

IN 1980, POLAND was suddenly in the news: the shipyard strikes of July and August; the Workers’ Accord between Solidarity and the government which, for the first time, allowed independent trade unions in Eastern Europe; the continual threat of Soviet invasion. During this time another Polish phenomenon burst onto the American consciousness: Czeslaw Milosz, who was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature.