Defense of Ardor

ISBN-10: 0374529884

ISBN-13: 9780374529888

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Description: Ardor, inspiration, the soul, the sublime: Such terms have long since fallen from favor among critics and artists alike. In his new collection of essays, Adam Zagajewski continues his efforts to reclaim for art not just the terms but the scanted spiritual dimension of modern human existence that they stake out. Bringing gravity and grace to his meditations on art, society, and history, Zagajewski wears his erudition lightly, with a disarming blend of modesty and humor. His topics range from autobiography (his first visit to a post-Soviet Lvov after childhood exile; his illicit readings of Nietzsche in Communist Poland); to considerations of artist friends past and present (Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz); to intellectual and psychological portraits of cities he has known, east and west; to a dazzling thumbnail sketch of postwar Polish poetry. Zagajewski gives an account of the place of art in the modern age that distinguishes his self-proclaimed liberal vision from the "right-wing radicalism" of such modernist precursors as Eliot or Yeats. The same mixture of ardor and compassion that marks Zagajewski's distinctive contribution to modern poetry runs throughout this eloquent, engaging collection.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A defense of ardor
The shabby and the sublime
Nietzsche in Krakow
Toll and flame
Beginning to remember
Reason and roses
Against poetry
Poerty and doubt
Vacation's end
Should we visit sacred places?
Intellectual Krakow
Gray Paris
Young poets, please read everything
Writing in Polish
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