Adam Zagajewski (1945-2021) was born in Lvov, Poland, and educated at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. A prominent member of the Polish New Wave literary movement, he was an active dissident of the Polish communist regime in the 1970s. He immigrated to France in 1982 and returned to Poland in 2002 where he resided in Kraków.
His many books included the poetry collections Tremor, Canvas, Mysticism for Beginners, and the essay collections Solidarity and Solitude, Two Cities, and Another Beauty.
Mr. Zagajewski’s numerous honors included the Tomas Tranströmer Prize from Sweden, a Prix de la Liberté from France, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others.