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Mr Cogito by Zbigniew Herbert
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Jul 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: poems, in-translation
Read in July, 2008

This book went out of print almost immediately upon its english translation. I just found one for my very own and fell upon it. It is brilliant and heartbreaking and wry, in the way that eastern european poets tend to be. But he is also so invested in the importance of history and art that it has sparked my interest in filling somewhat the gaping holes in my classical education--gilgamesh, upanishads, plato and the greeks. A writer whose books need to be held and appreciated for the physicality of literature.
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