Adam Zagajewski

Biography of Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski poet

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 Czesław Miłosz.

Adam Zagajewski's Works:

Komunikat. Kraków, 1972.
Sklepy mięsne. Kraków, 1975.
List. Oda do wielości. Paris, 1983.
Jechać do Lwowa. London, 1985.
Płótno. Paris, 1990.
Ziemia ognista. Poznań, 1994.
Trzej aniołowie. Kraków, 1998.
Pragnienie. Kraków, 1999.
Powrót. Kraków, 2003.
Anteny. Kraków, 2005.
Unseen Hand (Niewidzialna ręka). Kraków, 2009.
Wiersze wybrane. Kraków, 2010.

Books in English translation
Tremor (1985)
Canvas (1991)
Mysticism for Beginners (1997)
Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002)
Eternal Enemies: Poems (2008)
Unseen Hand: Poems (2011) Updates


Probably I am an ordinary middle-class
believer in individual rights, the word
"freedom" is simple to me, it doesn't mean
the freedom of any class in particular.
Politically naive, with an average
education (brief moments of clear vision
are its main nourishment), I remember
the blazing appeal of that fire which parches
the lips of the thirsty crowd and burns

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