Slight Exaggeration

An Essay by Adam Zagajewski

  • Published: Sep 08, 2020

A new essay collection by the noted Polish poet For Adam Zagajewskione of Polands great poetsthe project of writing, whether it be poetry or prose, is an occasion to advance what David Wojahn has characterized as his "restless and quizzical quest for... read more

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Details of Slight Exaggeration

Exact title of the book
Slight Exaggeration
Book author
Adam Zagajewski
ISBN
9780374537517
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 03, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
284
File size (in PDF)
2556 kB

Some brief overview of book

A new essay collection by the noted Polish poet For Adam Zagajewskione of Polands great poetsthe project of writing, whether it be poetry or prose, is an occasion to advance what David Wojahn has characterized as his "restless and quizzical quest for self-knowledge." Slight Exaggeration is an autobiographical portrait of the poet, arranged not chronologically but with that same luminous quality that distinguishes Zagajewskis spellbinding poetryan affinity for the invisible. In a mosaic-like blend of criticism, reflections, European history, and aphoristic musings, Zagajewski tells the stories of his life in glimpses and reveriesfrom the Second World War and the occupation of Poland that left his family dispossessed to Joseph Brodskys funeral on the Venetian island of San Micheleinterspersed with intellectual interrogations of the writers and poets (D. H.

Lawrence, Giorgos Seferis, Zbigniew Herbert, Paul Valéry), composers and painters (Brahms, Rembrandt), and modern heroes (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke) who have influenced his work. A wry and philosophical defense of mystery, Slight Exaggeration recalls Zagajewskis poetry in its delicate negotiation between the earthbound and the ethereal, "between brief explosions of meaning and patient wandering through the plains of ordinary days." With an enduring inclination to marvel, Zagajewski restores the world to usnecessarily incomplete and utterly astonishing.

About author

Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His previous books include Tremor; Canvas; Mysticism for Beginners; Without End; Solidarity, Solitude; Two Cities; Another Beauty; A Defense of Ardor; Eternal Enemies; and Unseen Handall published by FSG. He lives in Chicago and Kraków.

Clare Cavanagh is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern University. Her most recent book, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics, received the National Book Critics' Circle Award for criticism. She has also translated the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska.

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