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Polish poet, author Zagajewski wins Spain’s prestigious award

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Adam Zagajewski, one of the most pre-eminent contemporary Polish poets, novelists and essayists has won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature.

  • Jury of Princess of Asturias Award has mentioned that Zagajewski resolute stance in defence of freedom and the search for beauty is faithfully reflected in his work which contains great human depth and fine aesthetic sensibility.

Brief Biography of Adam Zagajewski:

Adam Zagajewski was born in 1945 inLwów (currently Lviv, Ukraine).He made his poetic debutin year 1967.

  • During early 1970s, he became involved in theNew Wave’ literary movement against CommPolish poet, author Zagajewski wins Spain's prestigious awardunist propaganda.
  • “Tremor”, “The Canvas”, “Mysticism for Beginners” and “World Without End: New and Selected Poems” are some of his best known work.
  • His widely acclaimed essays include “Solidarity, Solitude”, “Two Cities” and “A Defence of Ardor”.
  • In 2004, he was awarded with Neustadt International Prize for Literature and in 2016 he received Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award.

About Princess of Asturias Award:

The Princess of Asturias Awards is a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

  • The awards are presented to individuals and organisation in recognition for outstanding contribution to the field of science, humanities, and public affairs.
  • It was first awarded in year 1981.
  • The award carries a sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miró, a diploma, an insignia and 50,000 Euros.