Adam Zagajewski
Adam Zagajewski is a Polish
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

 poet, novelist, translator and essayist.

In 1982 he emigrated to Paris, but in 2002 he returned to Poland, and resides in Kraków
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. His poem "Try To Praise The Mutilated World", printed in The New Yorker
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, became famous after the 11 September attacks. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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 and a member of its Committee on Social Thought
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. He teaches two classes, one of which is on fellow Polish poet Czesław Miłosz. 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
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  • Tremor (1985)
  • Canvas (1991)
  • Mysticism for Beginners (1997)
  • Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002)
  • Eternal Enemies: Poems (2008)
  • Unseen Hand: Poems (2011)


  • Polish Writers on Writing (Trinity University Press, 2007)


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • W cudzym pięknie. Poznań, 1998.
  • Obrona żarliwości. Kraków, 2002.
  • Poeta rozmawia z filozofem. Warszawa, 2007.

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