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Poetry readings: Truth
Adam Zagajewski Poet
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I will now read the poem Truth, very old, written in the early '70s – it was a poem that closed the first volume of my poems, Communique.

Truth

Translation of this poem not available.

Przeczytam wiersz Prawda, bardzo dawny, napisany na początku lat 70., bo to był wiersz, który zamykał pierwszy mój tom wierszy.

 

Komunikat – Prawda


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Adam Zagajewski (b. 1945 in Lwów) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award and the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. He is considered as one of the leading poets of the Generation of '68 or the Polish New Wave (Polish: Nowa fala) and is one of Poland's most prominent contemporary poets.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Truth

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2018

Date story went live: 25 April 2019