First US printing. Interrelated essays on Western civilization and the "historical experiment known as America" written while Milosz was living in Berkeley and originally published in Polish in 1969. Translated by Richard Lourie. He touches on many aspects related to California: the missions, Death Valley, Robinson Jeffers and Henry Miller - but also going back through Western history to Thomas Aquinas, de Sade, and Marx. 226 pp Very near fine in a like dustjacket. .ISBN # 0-374-257884
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