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Zbigniew Herbert, photo: Danuta B. Łomaczewska / East News

Zbigniew Herbert's works include poetry, plays, essays, and feature articles. The most important, and the one which is best known all over the world, is his poetry, which from his very debut had a distinctive, recognisable tone; this was poetry which critics and readers immediately welcomed with great enthusiasm.

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Andrzej Wajda and Jacek Kuroń at the Freedom Union Conference, 1996, photo: Andrzej Iwańczuk

Jacek Kuroń was one of the most prominent figures in post-war Poland. In numerous political and ideological speeches, both as a dissident and politician, he never forgot about culture – and that distinguished him from other politicians. He was also the author of a number of popular books.

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Ever wondered abot the meaning of traditional Slavic names like Czesław, Stanisław or Bożena? Here they are at last properly explained, annotated, and... pronounced.

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Yurii Andrukhovych, photo: Leszek Zych / Reporter

Andrukhovych, Brodsky, Davies, Gerould, Snyder, Sekiguchi...These are just some of many foreign academics and translators, who want to share Polish history and culture with the world. Who are they and what have they done?

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Artwork by: Katarzyna Piątek

Is Polish the most difficult language out there? Some seem to think so. But there are plenty of reasons why you should learn it anyway!

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The Nobel-winning poetry of Czesław Miłosz has been immortalised by the legendary Stephen Fry. The British polymath recited a selection of Miłosz poems put together by the highly-respected Adam Zagajewski in a joint collaboration between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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Polish literature, although not as well known as its German and Russian cousins, is one of the gems of European culture. This list covers a very wide range of genres and eras, but any of these books will help you love Poland a little more.

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Adam Zagajewski, Kraków, 2011, photo: Tomasz Wiech / Forum

Renowned poet, prose writer, translator, and essayist Adam Zagajewski was honoured with the Canadian Griffin Trust Lifetime Recognition Award for Excellence in Poetry on 1st June 2016. The prize, awarded for his entire artistic output, is accompanied by 10,000 Canadian dollars.

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Ben Paloff with wife Megan Thomas, also a translator of Polish literature, photo courtesy of Ben Paloff

From Leśmian to Sosnowski and Masłowska, scholar of Slavic languages Ben Paloff discusses the challenges of translating Polish authors and answers the most difficult question of all: can Henryk Sienkiewicz ever be interesting for English readers? (And why Polish diaspora is the worst adviser)

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Katarzyna Leszczyńska i Sven Sellmer, fot. Jan Zappner

Katarzyna Leszczyńska, a German to Polish translator, and Sven Sellmer, a Polish to German translator, became the laureates of the Karl Dedecius Prize, presented by the Robert Bosch Foundation for the seventh time.

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Wisława Szymborska receives the Nobel Prize for literature in Stockholm , 1996, photo: Rex Features / Forum

Poland has so far had four Nobel Prize winners in literature. Who were they and who could be next?

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Radosław Łukasiewicz has been announced as the winner of a competition for a typeface inspired by the literary works of Wisława Szymborska.

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Poster of the premiere of Prologue by Czesław Miłosz, directed by Michał Zadara, photo: courtesy of the Theatre Institute

Sixty seven years after it was written by the future Polish Nobel Prize winner, the only piece for theatre in Miłosz’s oeuvre was staged, for the first time, by Michał Zadara at Theatre Institute in Warsaw.

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Miłosz in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian,.... In a series of audiobooks released by Poland's Adam Mickiewicz Institute, poems of the Polish Nobel prize winner are read by well known actors: Stephen Fry, Toru Wakanabe, Michael Lonsdale, Serhiy Zhadan and others.

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Czesław Miłosz, photo AKG Images / East News

Ten years have gone by since the illustrious writer Czesław Miłosz passed away, although his writing still offers admirers all over the world a window into the delightful brilliance of his mind

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For many decades of the 19th and 20th century much of Polish classic literature was written outside Poland, with authors like Mickiewicz, Norwid, Miłosz and Gombrowicz writing their masterpieces in exile or emigration. Is Polish literature today written again outside the country?

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Tadeusz Różewicz (masked) and Stasys Eidrigevicius in the painter's workshop on Lubelska Street, Warsaw, 2006., photo: Janusz Drzewucki

Paying tribute to a man who "saw the forgetting of history as a disaster," the world press is characterising, comparing and placing Różewicz in the history books.

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Last year's Chinese translation of The Captive Mind, written in 1953 by Czesław Miłosz, was selected to be one of the ten best Chinese books of 2013 as part of Shenzen Literary Month.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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Yale University hosts The Miłosz Papers - an exhibition of works by the poet and author from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library...

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