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The New Century
Northwestern University Press, November 2009

by Ewa Lipska

The world of Ewa Lipska’s poetry is a world of madness, of unpredictability, a world from which nothing good can be expected. Why then in reading these poems do we experience, in spite of everything, the joy and desire of being alive even more intensely? That is the question! – Wislawa Szymborska

A pioneer of the Polish New Wave in poetry along with Adam Zagajewski, renowned poet Ewa Lipska takes on the most difficult philosophical questions, while never losing focus on the individual. She is a master of exposing corruption and revealing truth, while questioning the very bounds of language itself. The New Century presents some of her finest poetry, now translated into English by Robin Davidson and Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska, who have succeeded in capturing the brutally honest and at once beautiful style that is Lipska’s signature.

Tr. Robin Davidson & Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska. Northwestern University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8101-2633-6