Two Cities

On Exile, History, and the Imagination

Title Details

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.250in



Pub Date: 03/04/2002

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2409-8

List Price: $24.95

Two Cities

On Exile, History, and the Imagination

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In this varied collection of deeply personal, lyrical essays and short literary sketches, leading contemporary Polish poet Adam Zagajewski contends with the effects of coming of age, both artistically and intellectually, in a totalitarian regime. No matter their subject, Zagajewski's essays have the subtlety and resonance of poetry; his is one of the most intriguing voices in today's Europe.

A compelling and thought-provoking group of essays . . . As the parts of [Zagajewski's] life story begin to fall into place, an ironic and sad tapestry unrolls itself. Yet he's not all gloom and doom: he's often funny, and his humility is a strong virtue.


Zagajewski . . . infuses these haunting autobiographical sketches, lyrical reflections, fables, fantasies, and aphoristic brief essays with a sense of traumatic loss and uprootedness.

Publishers Weekly

While the absence of apocalypse suggests that Zagajewski has moved beyond the avant-garde, the incredible variety and intricacy of his prose make clear that he is still in the midst of his own quiet revolution.

—John Palattella, Dissent

About the Author/Editor

ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI is the author of several books of poetry, including Tremor and Mysticism for Beginners. He divides his time between Paris and Houston, where he is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.