Map: Collected and Last Poems

Map: Collected and Last Poems

A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection

One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize–winner Wislawa Szymborska draws us in with her unexpected, unassuming humor. Her elegant, precise poems pose questions we never thought to ask. “If you want the world in a nutshell,” a Polish critic remarks, “try Szymborska.” But the world held in these lapidary poems is larger than the one we thought we knew.

Carefully edited by her longtime, award-winning translator, Clare Cavanagh, the poems in Map trace Szymborska’s work until her death in 2012. Of the approximately two hundred and fifty poems included here, nearly forty are newly translated; thirteen represent the entirety of the poet’s last Polish collection, Enough, never before published in English.
Map is the first English publication of Szymborska’s work since the acclaimed Here, and it offers her devoted readers a welcome return to her “ironic elegance” (The New Yorker).

Title:Map: Collected and Last Poems
ISBN:9780544126022
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    Map: Collected and Last Poems Reviews

  • Cheryl

    Wislawa Szymborska was born in Poland in 1923. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1996. Clare Cavanagh was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for her work on Szymborska's poetry along wit...

  • Ken

    Wislawa is a kindred soul in that she views the world askance and deeply understands its ironies. Where she veers from other poets is her gentle amusement with it all. Maybe she feels bitter, sarcasti...

  • Roger Brunyate

     Poems of a LifetimeIt turns out that I already owned a Szymborska anthology, in a bilingual edition from 1981 with translations by Robert A. Maguire, that my father-in-law brought back from Poland. ...

  • G.

    4.5/5I don't love all of the poems collected here. I don't think all of them are equally strong. I do love most of them. I even have a soft spot for the weaker ones. There is a lightness to Szymborska...

  • Lauren

    "I like maps, because they lie.Because they give no access to the vicious truth.Because great-heartedly, good-naturedlythey spread before me a worldnot of this world." - Map, by Wislawa Szymborska, tr...

  • V.

    "The hour between night and day.The hour between toss and turn.The hour of thirty-year-olds.The hour swept clean for roosters' crowing.The hour when the earth takes back its warm embrace.The hour of c...

  • Temple Cone

    In his short story “On Exactitude in Science,” Jorge Luis Borges imagines a guild of Renaissance cartographers so committed to precision that they created a 1:1 scale map where “the kingdom was ...

  • Ellie

    Szymborska is a major poet of our times. Her work which I've only been able to read in translation is brilliant and at least in translation seems beautiful. I wish I could memorize her poems! This is ...

  • Rick

    Szymborska should have as many readers as Beyonce has listeners, as the Super Bowl has viewers, as a Kardashian has Twitter followers. No knock on any of them but the wit, wisdom, beauty, and subtle p...

  • Parrish Lantern

    In the introduction to "Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts" the translators* state that "Wisława Szymborska is that rarest of phenomena: a serious poet who commands a large audience in her native land", they...