Map: Collected and Last Poems
ISBN: 0544705157
EAN13: 9780544705159
Language: English
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 0.80" H x 7.80" L x 5.30" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Both plain-spoken and luminous . . . Szymborska's] is the best of the Western mind--free, restless, questioning. -- New York Times Book Review A New York Times Editors' Choice Vast, intimate, and charged with the warmth of a life fully imagined to the end. There's no better place for those unfamiliar with her work to begin. -- Vogue One of Europe's greatest poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska draws us in with her unexpected, unassuming humor. If you want the world in a nutshell, a Polish critic remarked, try Szymborska. But the world held in these lapidary poems is larger than the one we thought we knew. ​Edited by her longtime, award-winning translator, Clare Cavanagh, Map traces Szymborska's work until her death in 2012. Of the approximately two hundred fifty poems included here, nearly forty are newly translated; thirteen represent the entirety of the poet's last Polish collection, Enough, never before published in English. Map offers Szymborska's devoted readers a welcome return to her ironic elegance ( The New Yorker ). Her poems offer a restorative wit as playful as it is steely and as humble as it is wise . . . Her wry acceptance of life's folly remain s] her strongest weapon against tyranny and bad taste. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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From the Back Cover Praise for Wislawa Szymborksa: Extremely smart, witty, and level-headed, [Szymborska] seduces us with her wide range of interests, her atypical lack of narcissism for a poet, and her cheerful pessimism. New York Review of Books Her poems offer a restorative wit as playful as it is steely and as humble as it is wise. Most poets jostle for center stage, but Szymborska looks on from afar, her wry acceptance of life s folly remaining her strongest weapon against tyranny and bad taste. Los Angeles Times Book Review Refreshingly direct but always surprising, her poems keep taking us to further, unexpected perspectives. O, the Oprah Magazine Dark, complex, and profoundly intelligent. Washington Post [She] captures the nightmarish contingency of human survival, and the human callousness toward nature, with an ironic elegance miraculously free of bitterness. The New Yorker
From the front Cover A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe s greatest poets, Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska was also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. With unexpected humor, her elegant, precise poems pose questions we never thought to ask. If you want the world in a nutshell, a Polish critic has remarked, try Szymborska. But the world held in these lapidary poems is larger than the one we thought we knew. Carefully edited by her longtime, award-winning translator, Clare Cavanagh, the poems in Map trace Szymborska s work until her death in 2012. Of the approximately two hundred fifty poems included here, nearly forty are newly translated; thirteen represent the entirety of the poet s last Polish collection, Enough, never before published in English. Map is the first English publication of Szymborska s work since the acclaimed Here, and it offers her devoted readers a welcome return to her ironic elegance ( The New Yorker ).

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