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March 18, 2007

Adam Zagajewski

Zagajewski1Adam Zagajewski was born in June 1945 in Lvov in the Polish Ukraine. He moved to Kraków in 1963, where he studied philosophy at Jagiellonian University, and as a part of the “generation of 1968” was a leader of the oppositional activities of the democratic movement.

Mr. Zagajewski’s first volume of poetry was published in 1972. In 1974, he coauthored a collection of essays with Julian Kornhauser entitled The Unrepresented World. It was enthusiastically received by the younger generation as a literary manifesto. In the following years, three novels appeared.  A selection of his last four volumes of poems appeared in English, entitled Tremor in 1985. In 1990, a volume of his essays entitled Solidarity, Solitude was published in the United States. This was followed by another collection, Canvas, in 1991. Two Cities: On Exile, History, and the Imagination a collection of essays was published by FSG in 1995.  In 1999 FSG published Mysticism for Beginners, a volume of poetry. FSG, also published his memoir, Another Beauty, in 2000, and in 2002, Without End: New and Selected Poems. In recent years, his poems and essays have been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Swedish and Serbo-Croatian.

Zagajewski2From 1981 to 2002, Adam Zagajewski lived in Paris; last year he moved back to Kraków. He is the co-editor of a quarterly Polish-language literary magazine, Cahiers Litteraires. Mr. Zagajewski spends each spring in Houston, where he teaches at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

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