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Nobel laureate poet Milosz dies
Czeslaw Milosz
Czeslaw Milosz worked at Berkeley University
Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, a poet who documented the fight against communism, has died aged 93.

He died at his home in Krakow on Saturday, his assistant confirmed, although no cause of death was given.

Milosz won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980 as the Solidarity worker movement began its protests against communist rule in Poland.

He lived in exile in France and the US for 30 years before returning to Poland to live in 1989.

On his arrival in California in 1960, Milosz worked as Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, for more than 20 years.

His best known work was The Captive Mind, which looked at the treatment of intellectuals under communist rule.

His poetry was widely acclaimed internationally, but it was not until 1973 that his work was translated into English, allowing it to be appreciated by a wider audience.

Milosz's first wife, Janina, died in 1986. His second wife, Carol, a US-born historian, died in 2003.


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