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Herbert, Zbigniew

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: Polish
Categories: Essayists, Poets, Writers

1924 AD – Zbigniew Herbert, born on the 29th of October in Lvov, in Ukraine (formerly Lvov, Poland). He was an influential Polish poet, essayist and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement during World War II, he is one of the best known and most translated post-war Polish writers.


1956 AD – His first collection was Struna swiatla Chords of Light.


1961-1983 AD – Later volumes include Studium przedmiotu, (Study of the Object), Pan Cogito (Mr Cogito), and Raport z oblezonego miasta (Report from a Besieged City).


1992 AD – He returned to Warsaw, by this time seriously ill.


1994 AD – He praised the Cold War anti-communist spy Colonel Ryszard Kukliñski in an open letter then president Lech Wa³êsa, and later also expressed support for the Chechen Dzjochar Dudajev.


1998 AD – He died on the 28th of July in Warsaw, Poland.