Stephen Fry Reads the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz – Audio Recordings
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.
Renowned poet, writer and translator Adam Zagajewski composed the selection of Czesław Miłosz’s poems for the British audiobook. It was one of ten created in different languages designed to help European readers acquaint themselves with the works of the Polish laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, author and director. The artist rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry remains one the most-recognised personalities in British media and is often referred to as a 'national gem'.
Fry commented after the recording session:
It gave me enormous pleasure to read these poems, which I count as amongst the best written in any language since the war. It would give me even more pleasure if I thought that this recording might bring Miłosz and his dazzling mixture of honesty, insight and pure poetic instinct to a wider, English-speaking readership.
The ten audiobooks were part of the Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU, as well as a special programme commemorating the centenery of the Polish poet's birth. Each one engaged various actors and writers to lend their voices for recordings of different selections of Czesław Miłosz’s poems in each country, while the graphic design and overall concept remained consistent across all ten. The audiobooks, produced by the pan-European Polish Institutes, were designed to popularise the work of the Polish winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The British edition of Czesław Miłosz's audiobook was co-produced by the Polish Cultural Institute in London. The recordings were simultaneously made available on Culture.pl and released as an audiobook with the Times Literary Supplement on 12th August 2011.
Written by PS, 11 Aug 2011; Updated by AZ, 12 Aug 2016.