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Author Biography: Wislawa Szymborska was born in Western Poland in 1923. Her poems have been translated (and published in book form) in many international languages. She is the Goethe Prize winner (1991) and Herder Prize winner (1995). She has a degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters of Poznan University (1995). In 1996 she received the Polish PEN Club prize, and is the1996 Nobel Laureate in Literature. Joanna Trzeciak's translations have appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines. Trzeciak received the Heldt Prize for translation of this volume. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Posted August 15, 2006
The Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska (pronounced Vis-wah-vah Shim-bor-ska), is one of the few women to win the Nobel Prize. She won it in 1996 for her poetry. What makes her poetry that incredible is that, in simple terms, she is able to convey universal thoughts. To start, I recommend you read her poem entitled, 'Hatred.' I showed that one to several people who alleged that they disliked poetry because they could not understand it. However, by showing such poem, each one of those people not only understood it, but they also recognized her genius. This won't be the case for all of her poems, as a few are abstract for the pleasure of abstract thinkers. If you enjoy this collection of poetry, look into Szymborska's other collections of poetry. You won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2010
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