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Dziadek do orzechów i inne przedmioty / A Nutcracker and Other Objects


Inanimate objects are always correct and cannot, unfortunately, be reproached with anything […] Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998) , Polish Poet.

Zbigniew Herbert

Joseph Brodsky, famous Russian poet (the Nobel Prize in Literature 1987) about Zbigniew Herbert:

[…] What kind of poet is Zbigniew Herbert? Is he difficult? Is he hard to follow, hard to scan, impossible to remember? Look at „Pebble,” the first poem of this selection, and decide for yourself.

What kind of poem is this, and what is it all about? About nature, perhaps? Perhaps. I, for one, though, think that if it is about nature, then it is about human nature. About its autonomy, about its resistance, about, if you will, its survival. In this sense it is a very Polish poem, considering that nation’s recent, more exactly, modem, history. And it is a very modern poem, because Polish history, one may say, is modern history in miniature—well, more exactly, in a pebble. Because whether you are a Pole or not, what history wants is to destroy you. The only way to survive, to endure its almost geological pressure, is to acquire the features of a pebble, including the false warmth once you find yourself in somebody’s hands. […]


The pebble
is a perfect creature

equal to itself
mindful of its limits

filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning

with a scent which does not remind one of anything
does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire

its ardour and coldness
are just and full of dignity

I feel a heavy remorse
when I hold it in my hand
and its noble body
is permeated by false warmth

    —Pebbles cannot be tamed
to the end they will look at us
with a calm and very clear eye.

From: The Wilson Quarterly


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3 stycznia/January, 3 – Josef Škvorecký, The Czech writer (ur./born 1924)


Carlos Fuentes

15 maja/ May, 15 – Carlos Fuentes, The Mexican author (ur./born 1928)


Škvorecký i Fuentes nie otrzymali literackiego Nobla. To nic nie znaczy. Będziemy ich czytać. /Škvorecký and Fuentes did not receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. It doesn’t matter. We will read them anyway.

Photo number 1 by David Port, MF DNES

Photo number 2: Reuters

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