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.
As Janusz Szuber wrote about the book:
Once again, this prose demonstrates the characteristics of Herbert's writing with which we are already familiar from elsewhere: the all-embracing erudition, the clear precision of the lesson he wishes to impart, the linguistic discipline, the lyricism and irony, the empathy and humility, as well as - despite the world's madness, wickedness and the temptations of power - a constant search for harmony and order.
Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998) poet and essayist, the author of both theatre and radio plays, immensely prolific writer, an extraordinary artistic and moral authority, whose life was tragically associated with the history of the twentieth century.
A Labyrinth by the Sea / Labirynt nad morzem
Fundacja Zeszytow Literackich, Warszawa 2000
© Katarzyna Herbertowa, Halina Herbert-Zebrowska
© Fundacja Zeszytow Literackich
135 x 207, 212 pages, paperback