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Szymborska, Wislawa (Poet); Trzeciak, Joanna (Translator) & Milosz, Czeslaw (Contributor). MIRACLE FAIR: SELECTED POEMS OF WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 159 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of poems. One of the greatest poetic texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents a selection of Wislawa Szymborska's poems, in fresh and vital translations by Joanna Trzeciak, a "metaphorical intonation" and "vocalise" (to borrow the great American poet Richard Howard's description) that serve as a counter-voice to the translations of Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Canavagh. Among other nuances of translation, Trzeciak uses rhyme whenever she thinks it could work, as in Szymborska's love poems, where it does. The Introductory Essay by fellow Pole and fellow Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz is "must" reading. "Presents the full range of Wislawa Szymborska's major themes: The ironies of love, the wonders of nature's beauty, and the illusory character of art. Szymborska's voice emerges as that of a gentle subversive, self-deprecating in its wit yet graced with a genius for coaxing the extraordinary out of the ordinary" (Peter Davison). According to Szymborska, all poets are in a perpetual dialogue with the initial as well as the lasting epiphany, "I don't know" (the original title of her Nobel Prize Speech is "I Don't Know"). That simple and arresting insight has resulted in poems of inexhaustible beauty. "Deep currents run/ as strange as the echoes of old truths in prayer/ There are no questions more urgent/ than the naive ones" (Wislawa Szymborska). Wislawa Szymborska died on February 1, 2012, one of the most beloved literary figures of our time, an indispensable voice who will live on in her work. An absolute "must-have" title for Wislawa Szymborska collectors. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online are subsequent printings or the Softcover Edition. A very scarce copy thus. Joanna Trzeciak won The Heldt Prize for Translation for "Miracle Fair" in 2001. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA, CZESLAW MILOSZ, ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, AND THOMASZ ROZYCKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393049396. $100.00

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