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Two Cities: On Exile, History, and the Imagination

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In this varied collection of deeply personal, lyrical essays and short literary sketches, leading contemporary Polish poet Adam Zagajewski contends with the effects of coming of age, both artistically and intellectually, in a totalitarian regime. No matter their subject, Zagajewski's essays have the subtlety and resonance of poetry; his is one of the most intriguing voices ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by University of Georgia Press (first published 1991)
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Scott Cox
The title two cities refer to the author's forced move from the Polish cities of Lvov to Gliwice. These are a collection of thoughts, memories and musings by a renowned Polish writer. Almost an addendum, I loved the following excerpt from one of Zagajewski’s last chapters entitled "In Defense of Adjectives:" "We are often told to scratch out adjectives. Good style, we hear, gets by fine without adjectives; the solid bow of a noun and the moving, ubiquitous arrow of a verb are enough. A world wit ...more
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Adam Zagajewski is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

The Zagajeski family was expelled from Lwów by the Ukrainians to central Poland in 1945.
In 1982 he emigrated to Paris, but in 2002 he returned to Poland, and resides in Kraków.
His poem "Try To Praise The Mutilated World", printed in The New Yorker, became famou
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