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Wislawa Szymborska: “Such a terrible world is not without charm”


The Polish poet was one of the great findings of the 1996 Nobel Prize. In Spain, almost all of her work has been known since then, but there were missing the indito poems of youth that now reigns ‘Nrdica’ in a revealing volume, ‘Cancin negra’

Wislawa Szymborska smokes after the award ceremony in Stockholm in 1996.

A month earlier, on January 27, 1945, Krakow was released. The Nazis defeated and arrested. The truth of so many things was beginning to be known, for example the extermination in the Auschwitz concentration camp – more than a million murdered judos. And there was still so much to discover: the trauma of war in two generations. The radical change of the world model. The devastation of Europe … A month later, on February 27, Wislawa Szymborska, 22, a communist sympathizer, born poet

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