Another Beauty

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Another Beauty

By Adam Zagajewski; Clare Cavanagh (Translator); Susan Sontag (Foreword by)

University of Georgia Press, Paperback, 9780820324104, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2002

This brilliant memoir is Adam Zagajewski's recollection of 1960s and 1970s communist Poland, where he was a fledgling writer, student of philosophy, and vocal dissident at the university in Krakow, Poland's most beautiful and ancient city.

About the Author
Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945. His books include "Tremor";" Canvas"; "Mysticism for Beginners"; "Without End"; "Solidarity, Solitude"; "Two Cities"; "Another Beauty"; and "A Defense of Ardor" all published by FSG. He lives in Paris and Houston.

CLARE CAVANAGH, professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Northwestern, has received a PEN Translation Award for her work, withStanislaw Baranczak, on Szymborska's poetry.

Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including "In America", which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories; several plays; and seven works of nonfiction. She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.

Praise For Another Beauty

"Another Beauty, a wise, iridescent book . . . dips in and out of many genres: coming-of-age-memoir, commonplace book, aphoristic musings, vignettes and portraits, and defense of poetry—that is, a defense of the idea of literary greatness.”--Susan Sontag, from the foreword

"A remarkable document, notable for both its literary acuity and its ability to evoke the experience of growing up in a police state, in a culture that is dreary and surreal by turns, where, as [Zagajewski] puts it, 'the Zeitgeist chisels our thoughts and mocks our dreams.'"--Chicago Tribune

"Full of pithy and compelling observations on art and society, of luminous descriptions of Krakow and Paris . . . this is a book to be read once through and returned to often."--Booklist

"While the absence of apocalypse suggests that Zagajewski has moved beyond the avant-garde, the incredible variety and intricacy of his prose make clear that he is still in the midst of his own quiet revolution."--John Palattella, Dissent