Polish poet Adam Zagajewski, known for his work focused on the September 11, 2001 attacks, died on Sunday in Krakow at the age of 75, AFP reported, citing Polish media, citing his publisher.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1945, Adam Zagajewski is one of the most famous contemporary authors in Poland, winner of numerous awards and repeatedly cited as a possible winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Zagajewski divided his time between Poland and the United States, where he taught literature at the University of Chicago and is known as the “September 11 Poet.” The author received his nickname when the New Yorker chose one of his poems, Try to Praise the Mutilated World, for the last page of its special issue of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
Zagajewski is a prominent figure in the Polish literary movement New Wave, inspired by the communist regime’s brutal repression of a wave of student protests in Poland in March 1968.
In 1982, Adam Zagaevski settled in Paris.
After returning to Krakow in 2002, Zagaevski won several awards and distinctions, including the Neustadt International Literary Prize, the Princess of Asturias Prize, and a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
Henrik Wozniakowski, director of the famous Polish publishing house Znak, describes Adam Zagajewski as an intelligent man with “fine” humor and also “shy” as the late Wislawa Szymborska, another Krakow poet and Nobel Prize winner in 1996.
A tribute to his memory!