A gathering of artful essays by one of Poland’s most translated post-war writers. Poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert takes an intriguing look at the cultural, artistic, and aesthetic legacy of 17th-century Holland.Read more
If the key to contemporary poetry is the collective experience of the last decades, Herbert has been perhaps the most skillful in expressing it.
Zbigniew Herbert is one of the finest and most original writers in Europe and one of the greatest Polish writers of this century. He is a figure comparable to, say, T. S. Eliot or W. H. Auden: a classical-minded avant-garde poet, playwright, and essayist who has created a cosmopolitan body of work remarkable for its intelligence and moral astringency.
The New Yorker
[Still Life with a Bridle] provides English-language readers with a welcome glimpse of the terrific intelligence and attention to craft that has made Mr. Herbert one of Poland's leading writers and an essential figure in European letters.
The New York Times Book Review