With Adam Zagajewski the last great exponent of an era of extraordinary fertility of Polish poetry passed away. Born in June 1945 in Lviv, Zagajewski had the poetic and moral legacy of the four Polish masters of the second half of the twentieth century, of which he can be considered the worthy heir: Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert and Tadeusz Rżewicz. He lived for a long time abroad, in Paris above all, but also in Berlin and the United States. At the beginning of the new millennium he had returned to his homeland, in Krakow, although he had continued to teach at the University of Chicago.
Deeply anchored in the darkest periods of Polish and European history of the twentieth century (in particular the Second World War and the postwar years), Zagajewski’s poetry wanted to give voice to the intertwining of the human condition in its individual and unrepeatable particularity – the destinies of the many and many characters that appear in his verses – with the pressure, the solicitations and often the violence of the great historical scenarios. In his verses he was able to combine respect, sensitivity, piety for the destiny of man, with great expressive rigor. Among the Italian editions of his poems we remember the anthologies From the life of objects. Poems 1983-2005, a cura di Krystyna Jaworska (Adelphi 2012) e Heal from silence. New verses and selected poems, curated by Marco Bruno (Mondadori 2020).
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