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Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces

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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.

About the Author

WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

Table of Contents

Contents

From the Author xi

Absent-Minded Professors

The Importance of Being Scared

Shortchanged

By the Numbers

Dream On

Musical Chairs

Compulsory Happiness

The Cost of Chivalry

Seeing the Light

That's the Spirit

In Cold Blood

The State of Fashion

Love in Bloom

Feet and Fate

Humor's Younger Brother

Great Love

Bones to Pick

The Scales of Justice

Home Improvement

Nowhere to Hide

Who's Who

Talking Pictures

Glass Houses

Page-Turners

The Long-Distance Walker

Back to Nature

Fair Game

Changing Places

Blowing Your Own Horn

The Road to Perfection

Trouble in Paradise

Zuzia

Lilliput Lost

Divas

The Psychic Life of Pets

The Ninety-Pound Weakling

Do It Yourself

To Be Continued

How Not to Be Noble

For Every Occasion

Family Affairs

On Your Toes

Childhood and Before

Old Friends

The Myth of Poetry

In Praise of Birds

Gladiators and Others

Bringing Up the Rear

Catherine the Not-So-Great

The Courtier's Inferno

The Art of Destruction

Cosmic Solitude

The Impresario

Close Calls

What's the Mystery?

The Vandals' Fate

What's Dreaming?

Too Late, or When?

Your Honor

Roman Thickets

Black Tears

Graphology on the Barricades

I Was Traveling with the Fairest

Mummies and Us

Chips Will Fly

Monstrum

Ella

Take the Cow

Windfall

Willem Kolff

Hammurabi and After

Disneyland

Hugs for Humanity

Truth and Fiction

The Prince's Feet, Not to Mention Other Body Parts

They Were

Round Dates

The Female Pharaoh

Cat Music

The End of the World in Plural

The Nut and the Gilded Shell

Let Me Take This Occasion

A Word on Nakedness

In Relaxation's Clutches

Many Questions

The Piano and the Rhinoceros

Lace Hankies

Mountain Climbing

Balloons

Ten Minutes of Solitude

A Bad Little Boy

At Last

Blocks and Blockheads

Buttons

In Praise of Questions

The Cardboard-Eating Cadaver

Nervousness

Translator's Note

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151006601
Subtitle:
Prose Pieces
Translated by:
Cavanagh, Clare
Author:
Szymborska, Wislawa
Author:
Szymborska, Wisawa
Author:
Cavanagh, Clare
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Eastern European
Subject:
Szymborska, Wisawa
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
10381
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 9.99 lb

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