Nonrequired Reading

Nonrequired Reading : Prose Pieces

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Wislawa Szymborska's poems are admired around the world, and her unsparing vision, tireless wit, and deep sense of humanity are cherished by countless readers. Unknown to most of them, however, Szymborska also worked for several decades as a columnist, reviewing a wide variety of books under the unassuming title "Nonrequired Reading."
As readers of her poems would expect, the short prose pieces collected here are anything but ordinary. Reflecting the author's own eclectic tastes and interests, the pretexts for these ruminations range from books on wallpapering, cooking, gardening, and yoga, to more lofty volumes on opera and world literature. Unpretentious yet incisive, these charming pieces are on a par with Szymborska's finest lyrics, tackling the same large and small questions with a wonderful curiosity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 145 x 218 x 23mm | 454g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0151006601
  • 9780151006601
  • 214,092

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"Glorious distillations of a capacious mind and heart."--Kirkus Reviews
Wislawa Szymborska's poems are admired around the world, and her tireless wit and uncanny sense of humanity are cherished by countless readers. Unknown to most of them, however, Szymborska also worked for several decades as a columnist, reviewing a wide variety of books under the unassuming title "Nonrequired Reading."
As readers of her poems would expect, the prose pieces collected here are fresh and unexpected, wise and whimsical. Reflecting the author's own eclectic tastes and interests, the pretexts for these ruminations range from books on gardening, wallpapering, beauty, birds, dogs, and yoga, to more lofty volumes on the love lives of Polish kings, opera, and literature. Unpretentious but incisive, these charming pieces are on a par with Szymborska's finest lyrics, tackling the same large and small questions with a wonderful curiosity.
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Praise for Wislawa Szymborska
"She teaches us how the world defies and evades the names we give it."--Edward Hirsch, The New York Times Magazine
"[Szymborska] is unquestionably one of the great living European poets. She's accessible and deeply human and a joy--though it is a dark kind of joy--to read. . . . She is a poet to live with."--Robert Hass, The Washington Post Book World
"Wislawa Szymborska is not only one of the finest poets living today, but also one of the most readable."--Charles Simic
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PRAISE FOR WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA

"She teaches us how the world defies and evades the names we give it."--Edward Hirsch, "The New York Times Magazine"

"[Szymborska] is unquestionably one of the great living European poets. She's accessible and deeply human and a joy--though it is a dark kind of joy--to read. . . . She is a poet to live with."--Robert Hass, "The Washington Post Book World"

"Wislawa Szymborska is not only one of the finest poets living today, but also one of the most readable."--Charles Simic
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320 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 42% (134)
4 40% (127)
3 15% (48)
2 3% (10)
1 0% (1)
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