Wislawa Szymborska

Maria Wisawa Anna Szymborska (Polish: [viswava mbrska]; 2 July 1923 1 February 2012) was a Polish poet, essayist, translator, and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent (now part of Krnik), she resided in Krakw until the end of her life. In Poland, Szymborska’s books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors’, though she wrote in a poem, “Some Like Poetry” (“Niektrzy lubi poezj”), that “perhaps” two in a thousand people like poetry.Szymborska was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality”. She became better known internationally as a result. Her work has been translated into English and many European languages, as well as into Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Persian and Chinese.


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