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  • 25 November 2013

    The Polish poet Adam Zagajewski has won Zhongkun, a prestigious literary prize that is sometimes called “China’s Nobel prize in poetry.” The presentation ceremony will take place in Beijing on 25 November.

    Adam ZagajewskiThe Zhongkun International Poetry Prize is awarded every two years by the Zhongkun Poetry Fund in cooperation with Peking University’s Institute of Poetry Studies. It is the only literary distinction of this kind to be awarded to foreigners in China. Each edition has two winners – a Chinese and a foreign poet. Due to his academic commitments in the United States, Adam Zagajewski will not be able to travel to China for the ceremony. A representative of the Polish Embassy in Beijing will instead take the award on Zagajewski’s behalf.


    Among laureates of this prestigious accolade are the banned poet Bei Dao, an eminent representative of the “Misty Poets” literary group whose members oppose restrictions imposed by the Cultural Revolution. “China’s Nobel prize in poetry” is not the only Chinese prize for Adam Zagajewski. This coming March, the Polish poet will receive in Guangzhou a lifetime achievement award, which has been bestowed on him by the Qi Ling Hou group, an informal association that brings together influential poets born in the 1970s.


    Adam Zagajewski – a poet, essayist, prose writer and translator; laureate of numerous international literary awards, including the Kurt Tucholsky prize of Sweden and the Paris-based Prix de la Liberté . He was also nominated for the Nobel prize in literature. The first Chinese-language collection of his poems is scheduled to come out next year. It was translated by Professor Wu Lan, an outstanding translator of Polish literature, whose oeuvre includes works by such authors as Czesław Miłosz and  Ryszard Kapuściński.



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