Polish poet Adam Zagajewski wins Spain's Princess of Asturias Award for Literature

Jun 9, 2017 13:24 IST

Polish poet and author Adam Zagajewski on 8 June 2017 won the Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature 2017.

He was awarded for his resolute stance in defence of freedom and the search for beauty, works of great human depth and fine aesthetic sensibility.

Zagajewski is one of the most pre-eminent contemporary Polish poets, novelists and essayists from the so-called 'Generation of New Wave'.

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About Adam Zagajewski
• Zagajewski was born in 1945 in then Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine).
• He graduated in both Philosophy and Psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the city in southwestern Poland.
• In the 1970s, he joined the dissident group Teraz and created two of the most iconic slogans for the New Wave movements 'Powiedz prawde' (Tell the truth) and 'Mow Wprost' (Speak up).
• He was a prominent rebel during Poland's Communist era and was forced into exile in 1982 and lived in Germany, France and the US for about two decades.
• Some of his best-known works include the poetry collections "Tremor" (1985), "The Canvas" (1990), "Mysticism for Beginners" (1997), and "World Without End: New and Selected Poems" (2002).
• Some of his best applauded essays are "Solidarity, Solitude" (1986), "Two Cities" (1991) and "A Defence of Ardor" (2002).

About Princess of Asturias Awards
• The Princess of Asturias Awards were launched in 1981 in Spain. They were earlier known as the Prince of Asturias Awards and were named after the heir apparent to the Spanish throne Felipe VI.
• The awards were renamed in 2015 to reflect the official title of the current crown princess of Spain Leonor de Borbón.
• They are awarded every year by the Princess of Asturias Foundation.
• Each prize comes with a symbolic reproduction of a statue by Spanish artist Joan Miró, a diploma, an insignia and 50000 euros.

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