The highway became the Red Sea.
We moved through the storm like a sheer valley.
You drove; I looked at you with love.
One of the most gifted and readable poets of his time, Adam Zagajewski is proving to be a contemporary classic. Few writers in either poetry or prose can be said to have attained the lucid intelligence and limpid economy of style that have become a matter of course with Zagajewski. It is these qualities, combined with his wry humor, gentle skepticism, and perpetual sense of history's dark possibilities, that have earned him a devoted international following. This collection, gracefully translated by Clare Cavanagh, finds the poet reflecting on place, language, and history. Especially moving here are his tributes to writers, friends known in person or in bookspeople such as Milosz and Sebald, Brodsky and Blakewhich intermingle naturally with portraits of family members and loved ones. Eternal Enemies is a luminous meeting of art and everyday life.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His previous books include Tremor; Canvas; Mysticism for Beginners; Without End; Solidarity, Solitude; Two Cities; Another Beauty; and A Defense of Ardorall published by FSG. He lives in Paris and Houston.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zagajewski has done it again with 'Eternal Enemies,' perhaps my favorite of his collections to date. From the first page to the last, I found the poems gripping, containing his usual historical and biographical details of the Polish past. His sensibilities as a voyageur softly lead the reader with delicacy and taste. I find Part I to be the most compelling with the opening poem "Star" and the chilling "The Swallows of Auschwitz" though the entire collection is a gem. Well-worth having on the shelf.