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Bringing gravity and grace to his meditations on art, society, and history, Zagajewski wears his erudition lightly, with a disarming blend of modesty and humor. His topics range from autobiography to considerations of artistic friends past and present; to intellectual and psychological portraits of cities he has known, east and west; to a dazzling thumbnail sketch of postwar Polish poetry. Recipient of the 2004 Neustadt International Prizze for Literature.
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Another Beauty

By Adam Zagajewski

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Polish poet's memoir of his student days under Communism.
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Defense of Ardor

By Adam Zagajewski

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A selection of literary essays from the celebrated poet covers a wide range of topics, from living in exile from the Soviet Union and his memories of reading Nietzsche in Communist Poland to his musings on various cities and his summary of Polish poetry.
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Eternal Enemies

By Adam Zagajewski

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A new anthology of poetry by the author of Canvas and A Defense of Ardor reflects on place, language, and history in a collection that includes tributes to such writers as Milosz, Sebald, Brodsky, and Blake, as well as portraits of family members and other loved ones.
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Kore

By Andrzej Szczeklik

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"There is a grand tradition of physicians who are also great writers and philosophers. From Copernicus and Paracelsus, to Chekov, Osler and Frankl. And most recently Sherwin Nuland and Oliver Sacks have gained broad readerships and made huge contributions to the way we think and the way we live our lives. Andrzej Szczeklik is entirely worthy to join their company. When his first book, Catharsis, was published in English, critics from Seamus Heaney to Czeslaw Milosz stood to applaud. Now he has followed with an ever deeper and more accomplished book.It has become unfortunately rare for a scientist or doctor to find his grounding in a broad understanding of literature and the humanities. But in Kore, the author insists that only with a curiosity thoroughlyat home in both worlds can one expect to discover what we should mean about sickness and about the soul. No tedious academic, Szczeklik writes with the grace of a poet and the ease of a fine storyteller. Anecdotes drawn from a personal immersion in art, music, and literature are woven with reports on experimental medicine and daily clinical experience. From DNA and the re-creation of the Spanish Flu virus, to contemporary research in genetics, cancer, neurology, and the AIDS virus, from "Symptoms and Shadows," to "Dying and Death," to "Enchantment of Love," every chapter of this book is alive and engaging. The result is a life-affirming work of science, philosophy, art, and spirituality"--Provided by publisher.
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The present book contains the nine collections of poetry that Zbigniew Herbert published during his lifetime, from his late debut, Chord of Light, which appeared in 1956, to Epilogue to a Storm, the collection that appeared a few months before the poet’s death in July 1998. Unpublished or uncollected poems from Herbert’s archive have not been included. Translator’s Note, Notes, Chronology, Index. 600p.
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An extensive anthology of definitive pieces features the work of an award-winning translator and offers insight into the writer's influence and use of personal and symbolic language, in a collection that includes selections from The Book of Images, Sonnets to Orpheus, and other volumes.
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A brilliant new collection from a master world poetOne of the most gifted poets of our time, Adam Zagajewski is a contemporary classic. Few writers in poetry or prose have attained the lucid intelligence and limpid economy of style that are the trademarks of his work. His wry humor, gentle skepticism, and perpetual sense of history's dark possibilities have earned him a devoted international following. This collection, gracefully translated by Clare Cavanagh, finds the poet returning to the themes that have defined his career—moving meditations on place, language, and history. Unseen Hand is a luminous meeting of art and everyday life.
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