This collection of Szymborska's work reveals her to be concerned with the unglamorized actualities of the human condition. She is one of a generation of Polish poets which witnessed the years of Soviet oppression and spoke for the feelings of the Polish people.
Wislawa Szymborska was born in Bnin, Poland, in 1923, and has lived in Krakow since 1931. She studied at Krakow University and worked at Zycie Literackie, the literary journal, as poetry editor and columnist from 1950 to 1981. She has published many collections of poetry, and has been awarded the Goethe Prize (1991), the Herder Prize (1995), the Polish PEN prize (1996) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (1996). View with a Grain of Sand (1996) and Poems, New and Collected (1999) are both published by Faber.