The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 4, 1996
Page 10
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AID FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4,1995 NOBEL PRIZE THE SALINA JOURNAL NOBEL Literature • 1996 Winners since 1986 1996 Wlslawa Szymborska, Poland 1995 Seamus Heaney, Ireland 1994 Kenzaburo Oe, Japan 1993 Toni Morrison, U.S. 1992 Derek Walcott, St. Lucia, West Indies 1991 Nadine Gordimer, South Africa 1990 Octavio Paz, Mexico 1989 Camilo Jose Cela, Spain 1988 Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt 1987 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-bom American 1986 Wple Soyinka, Nigeria AP Polish 3oet wins Nobel for Literature Szymborska cited by Swedish Academy as 'Mozart of poetry' By JIM HEINTZ Tlie Associated Press STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Praised for her "esprit, inventiveness and empathy," Wislawa Szymborska of Poland won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for poems that ranged from rapture to despair. The prize citation likened her to the "Mozart of poetry," a woman who mixed elegance of language with "the fury of Beethoven" and who was not afraid to tackle serious subjects with humor. Szymborska, 73, had gone for a walk in the southern Polish holiday resort of SZYMBORSKA Zakopane just before the Swedish Academy announced the $1.12 million prize Thursday. When she came home, she found her life had changed. "I am very happy, I am honored, but at the same time stunned and a little bit frightened with what awaits me," she told Poland's Radio Zet. "I'm afraid I will not have a quiet life for some time now, and this is what I prize the most." Arguably Poland's most popular poet, Szymborska's work inspired the 1994 movie "Red" as well as providing lyrics for Polish rock stars. Critics say she is both , deeply political and witty, and uses humor in delightful, unexpect- • ed ways. ! The academy prized her poetry ; for "ironic precision," as exemplified in this excerpt from the poem "The Joy of Writing:" The joy of writing. Power of preserving. The revenge of a mortal hand. Szymborska (pronounced vees- WAH-wah sheem-BOR-skah) "is very reserved. Some call her shy but she is a very intense person," Sture Allen, the secretary for the Swedish Academy, said in announcing the prize. Praise quickly poured in from her native country for the first of this year's Nobel laureates. "Again, Poland was noticed, and first of all this woman was noticed — so modest as a person and so great in spirit," former President Lech Walesa, the 1983 Nobel peace laureate, told Radio Zet. Szymborska's influence and works have spread more widely than in the tight literary circles where many poets remain. Polish rock singer Cora put her poem "Nothing Twice" into song last year, and another Szymbors- ka poem, "Love At First Sight," inspired the lauded, enigmatic movie "Red" by the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski. 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