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Dorota Masłowska, photo: Adam Kozak/AG

The brand new literary faces of Olga Tokarczuk and Jerzy Pilch, investigative journalism by Małgorzata Szejnert, Justyna Kopińska and Cezary Łazarewicz, and the biographies of Krzysztof Komeda and Jerzy Popiełuszko. These are just some of the many highlights Polish editors have in store for Polish-language readers in 2018.

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Zbigniew Herbert, Creative Work House of Polish Writers' Union,1972, photo: Erazm Ciołek/Forum

The year 2018 will be an extremely important year in Polish history as it will mark the centenary of Poland’s independence. Numerous events and celebrations marking the occasion will be organised across the country and abroad. 2018 will also be known as the year of Zbigniew Herbert and Irena Sendler.

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Aleksander Gierymski, "Święto Trąbek I", olej, płótno, 47 x 64,5 cm, fot. Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie

Calm, arrogant, frivolous? How the Wisła river captivated artists and how they chose to present it in their work.

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In this overwhelming super-fast Age of Information, poetry can help us read between the lines of our overloaded lives. But what do we choose to read when access becomes so easy and selection becomes so tough? As we become less and less sure of what is good and true, in print and online, Marek Kazmierski helps us translate our way through the mystery.

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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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Zbigniew Herbert in his apartment, Warsaw, 1974, photo: Bohdan Majewski / Forum

The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award is the first such distinction with a global reach to be awarded in Poland. Recipients include William Stanley Merwin, USA (2013), Charles Simic, USA (2014), Ryszard Krynicki, Poland (2015) and Lars Gustafsson, Sweden (2016). This year’s laureate will be announced on 6th March 2017.

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Wybrane portrety Zbigniewa Herberta - poety i eseisty, autor utworów dramatycznych i słuchowisk, pisarz o wielkim dorobku, wyjątkowym autorytecie artystycznym i moralnym, o biografii tragicznie uwikłanej w historię XX wieku. Urodził się 29 października 1924 we Lwowie, zmarł 28 lipca 1998 w Warszawie.

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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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Anja Rubik in "Chleb," dir. Krzysztof Skonieczny

From 14th century sacred verse to 21st century “hip-hop novels,” Poland has a rich and diverse literary tradition. Here, Culture.pl offers a playlist to guide you through some of the highlights of the last 700 years of Polish literature.

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Can you tell your Szymborska from your Sienkiewicz? Do you think you're well-versed (pun totally intended) in your romantics and your modernists? Take our Polish literature quiz to really test your knowledge.

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Charles Simic, an American poet, is the winner of the second edition of the Zbigniew Herbert International Literature Prize. The awards ceremony will be held on May 14th, 2014 at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw.

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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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Zbigniew Herbert, photo: A. Jałosiński/Forum

A poet, essayist, author of plays and radio dramas; he was a writer of great accomplishment with an exceptional artistic and moral authority.

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Zbigniew Herbert, Węzeł Gordyjski [The Gordian Knot], cover

This volume, which comprises over 800 pages, is a collection of Zbigniew Herbert's journalistic and essay writings that appeared in the Polish press in the years 1948-1998 but were neither chosen by the author for publication nor included in his posthumous work. The editor has succeeded in bringing many interesting but forgotten texts to light.

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Zbigniew Herbert, Król Mrówek [King of the Ants], cover

Zbigniew Herbert was writing this book during the last twenty years of his life and never managed to finish it. Ryszard Krynicki has edited it on the basis of the poet's notes and typescripts, some of which have appeared in the American edition (The Ecco Press, 1999).

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Zbigniew Herbert, Labirynt nad morzem [A Labirynth by the Sea], cover

A Labyrinth by the Sea is a collection of sketches which came into being on Zbigniew Herbert's journey to Greece. This book, together with Barbarian in the Garden and Still Life with a Bridle, forms a trilogy - an extraordinary story of northern and southern art, from ancient times to the present.

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