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Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces
by Wislawa Szymborska
Binding: Hardcover, 1 edition, 256 pages
Publisher: Harcourt
Weight: 0.91 pound
Dimension: H: 0.95 x L: 8.2 x W: 5.68 inches
ISBN 10: 0151006601
ISBN 13: 9780151006601
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Book Description:
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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