Miracle Fair: Selected Poems of Wislawa Szymborska

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Winner of the Heldt Prize for Translation. A new translation of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, with an introduction by Czeslaw Milosz. This long-awaited volume samples the full range of Wislawa Szymborska's major themes: the ironies of love, the wonders of nature's beauty, and the illusory character of art. Szymborska's voice emerges as that of a gentle subversive, self-deprecating in its wit, yet graced with a gift for coaxing the extraordinary out of the ordinary.

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Winner of the Heldt Prize for Translation. A new translation of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, with an introduction by Czeslaw Milosz. This long-awaited volume samples the full range of Wislawa Szymborska's major themes: the ironies of love, the wonders of nature's beauty, and the illusory character of art. Szymborska's voice emerges as that of a gentle subversive, self-deprecating in its wit, yet graced with a gift for coaxing the extraordinary out of the ordinary.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Edward Hirsch
What Szymborska calls 'the joy of writing' also becomes,in this book,the joy of reading.
Harvard Book Review
Miracle Fair is Szymborska at her very best.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393049398
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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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 the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Joanna Trzeciak's translations include Miracle Fair: Selected
Poems of Wisława Szymborska, winner of the Heldt Translation Prize. She lives in
Cleveland, Ohio.

Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Wislawa Szymborska's Poetry Is Stellar.

    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.

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