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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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Bill Johnston, 2015 Found in Translation Award laureate, photo: The Book Institute

Bill Johnston has won the 2015 Found in Translation Award for his translation of Twelve Stations by Tomasz Różycki, published by Zephyr Press. Johnson is well known for translating Wiesław Myśliwski’s prose.

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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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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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5 Polish books that got translated into English were named among the 75 best of the year as announced by World Literature Today (WLT).

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Ambassadors of Poetry poster

The Ambassadors of Poetry project exports the best of Polish poets to the Russian capital. The series begins with a visit by Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki and will be crowned by a presentation of works by the authors translated into Russian.

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The nomination of Mother Departs for the People’s Book Prize marks the first time that a finalist is a translation from a foreign language.

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Dorzecze Różewicza/ The Tributaries of Różewicz is an anthology of Tadeusz Różewicz's poems and a film inviting readers and viewers to re-examine the works of the Polish poet, playwright and novelist.

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Zygmunt Krauze, photo: Jan Bebel

The Wrocław National Opera hosts the premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's The Trap, one of the most interesting events of the Tadeusz Różewicz Year, celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the birth of the eminent Polish poet.

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A cover of the collection of poems by Tadeusz Różewicz, "The History of Five Poems", designed by Patrycja Margasińska

"Historia pięciu wierszy"/ "The History of Five Poems" is the fourth publication of works by Tadeusz Różewicz published by the Biuro Literackie Publishing House.

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Małgorzata Baranowska examines the threads that link the works of Tadeusz Różewicz, a poet who easily shifts between literary genres and styles.

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Tadeusz Różewicz, 2003, photo: Krzysztof Wojciechowski / Forum

A seeker of new forms in a poetic expression that ultimately abandons the avant-garde in favour of aesthetic straightforwardness and stunning short-cuts that serve as a metaphor for a human existence bounded by birth and death.

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As has been the case throughout its long and rich history, Polish poetry at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries speaks through a chorus of many strong and clear individualities.

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For Polish playwrights, 1989 was a year of euphoria, relief and hope.

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The symbol of the knife, which a good friend of the poet managed to hide during his time in a WWII concentration camp, is a reflection on the sharpness of memory and the pain it continues to influct even years on.

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cover of Tadeusz Różewicz - Mother Departs

The book assembles photographs from the family album, some of his own poems, which are dedicated to his mother, a sketch with memories by the author's brother, Stanisław Różewicz, fragments of the author's diary and his mother's memoirs.

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