Adam Zagajewski

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Adam Zagajewski in 2014

Adam Zagajewski (born 21 June 1945 in Lwów) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.


Adam Zagajewski 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.



  • 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.
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  • Ciepło, zimno. Warszawa, 1975.
  • Słuch absolutny. Kraków, 1979.
  • Cienka kreska. Kraków, 1983.
  • Świat nieprzedstawiony. Kraków, 1974.
  • Drugi oddech. Kraków, 1978.
  • Solidarność i samotność. "Zeszyty literackie", 1986.
  • Dwa miasta. Paryż-Kraków, 1991.
  • Another Beauty (W cudzym pięknie). Poznań, 1998.
  • Obrona żarliwości. Kraków, 2002.
  • Poeta rozmawia z filozofem. Warszawa, 2007.

Books in English translation[edit]

  • Tremor (1985)
  • Canvas (1991)
  • Mysticism for Beginners (1997)
  • Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002)
  • Eternal Enemies: Poems (2008)
  • Unseen Hand: Poems (2011)
  • Solidarity, Solitude (1990)
  • Two Cities (1995)
  • Another Beauty (2000)

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Critical assessment of Zagajewski[edit]

  • Borkowska, Ewa. “In the Beauty Created by Others'-Polish Post-War Emigration Poetry: Adam Zagajewski.” pp. 51–64, in: Kalaga, Wojciech (ed. and introd.); Rachwał, Tadeusz (ed. and introd.) The Writing of Exile. Katowice, Poland: Śląsk; 2001.
  • Carpenter, Bogdana. “A Tribute to Adam Zagajewski.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma. 2005 May-Aug; 79 (2): 14-15.
  • Cavanagh, Clare. “Lyric and Public: The Case of Adam Zagajewski.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma, 2005 May-Aug; 79 (2): 16-19.
  • Kay, Magdalena. “Place and Imagination in the Poetry of Adam Zagajewski.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma, 2005 May-Aug; 79 (2): 20-22.
  • Kay, Magdalena. Knowing One's Place in Contemporary Irish and Polish Poetry: Zagajewski, Mahon, Heaney, Hartwig. New York, NY: Continuum; 2012.
  • Krivak, Andrew. "The Language of Redemption: The Catholic Poets Adam Zagajewski, Marie Ponsot & Lawrence Joseph." Commonweal, 2003 May 9; 130 (9): 12-16.
  • Shallcross, Bożena. Through the Poet's Eye: The Travels of Zagajewski, Herbert, and Brodsky. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP; 2002.

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He was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit, and twice received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. In 1992, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He won the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and is the second Polish writer to be awarded, after Czesław Miłosz.[1][2]


  1. ^ "2004 Neustadt Prize Laureate - Adam Zagajewski". World Literature Today. 2005. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Polish poet awarded 2004 Neustadt prize". The Oklahoma Daily. October 27, 2003. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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