Adam Zagajewski

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Adam Zagajewski is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

He was born in Lwów (since January 1, 1946 Lvov, Ukrainian SSR). The Zagajeski family was expelled from Lwów by the Ukrainians to central Poland the same year. In 1982 he emigrated to Paris, but in 2002 he returned to Poland, and resides in Kraków. His poem "Try To Praise The Mutilated World", printed in The New Yorker, became famous after the 11 September attacks. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Chicago and a member of its Committee on Social Thought. He teaches two classes, one of which is on fellow Polish poet ... more »

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  • Saesar Warden (3/31/2016 2:22:00 PM)

    Nobody knows who is who. Adam Zagajewsji recently gave interview to german's media. This pseudo-poet and pseudo-inteligent was able to defame the most and patriots of Poland. If Zagajewski is Polish this is very strange. MORE; to german's media he accused new democratic polish government of something that does not exist. He speaks in the name of all Poles despite of the fact that most of Poles elected new and anti-communist government. In other words: if he acts against new Polaand's patriotic government, this means that he is close to post-communists from PO, PSL, SLD parties. Being poets, or any kind of intelectual does not mean that the person is respectful and is worth of any respect. For me as native Pole, Zagajewski belong to second sort of Poles who are able to betrate his own country to Poland's enemies such as Germany now. Everyone who read my text should be better inform about history of pOLAND AFTER 1989 and the fact that communists never gave up power to oppositionist. When they were able to steal in cover, after 1989 ther robbed Poland in vain of law. Many of them where member of PO party who failed last election. PO-PSL creted system of lawlessness and anti-democtratic esnlave citizenz. Now we have finally own patriotic govt PiS. If Zagaajewski acts against patriots, them he is Polands' traitor. Just as shit

  • Saesar Warden (3/31/2016 2:09:00 PM)

    Adam Zagajewski is a Poland's traiter who instigate Germans in germans media against polish patriots who have chosen new democratic government. More; in interview to germans' media he defamed good name of polish heros who were killed by Soviets after WWII. Does not matter if he is poet or any kind of intelectuals. HE IS POLAND'S TRAITOR who is not worth to spit into his face

  • Ross Dunn (5/8/2008 9:29:00 AM)

    He is Truely an amazing poet who deserves all glory

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Best Poem of Adam Zagajewski

Try To Praise The Mutilated World

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You've seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you've heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain ...

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