Adam Zagajewski, the “poet of September 11”, died –

Polish poet Adam Zagajewski, known for his work focusing on the September 11, 2001 attack, died on Sunday in Krakow at the age of 75, Polish media reported citing his publisher. Born in 1945 in Lviv (now Ukraine), Adam Zagajewski was one of the most famous contemporary authors in Poland, winner of numerous awards. He had been repeatedly cited as a possible Nobel Prize for literature. He divided his time between Poland and the United States, where he taught literature at the University of Chicago and was known as the poet of 9/11.

It earned the nickname when The New Yorker magazine chose one of his poems – Try to Praise the Mutilated World – for the last page of his special issue on the attacks on the United States in 2001. He was a prominent member of the Polish New Wave literary movement, inspired by the communist regime’s brutal repression of a wave of student protests across Poland in March 1968. He moved to Paris in 1982, shortly after the last Polish Communist leader, General Jaruzelski, attempted to suppress Solidarnosc, the first free trade union of the Soviet bloc. Upon his return to Krakow in 2002, he had won numerous prizes and awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Freedom Prize and a Guggenheim Foundation Scholarship.

Henryk Wozniakowski, director of the famous Polish publishing house Znak describes him as an intelligent man with subtle humor, but also shy, just like the late Wislawa Szymborska, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. He fought communism but was above all a philosopher, his translator told AFP. French Laurence Dyevre.

March 22, 2021 (change March 22, 2021 | 09:43)

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