Wislawa Szymborska: Nothing of the Ordinary: Mark Ordon in conversation with the Nobel Laureate’s personal secretary, Michal Rusinek

Mark Ordon interviews Michał Rusinek, personal secretary to the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska.

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An Interview with Maryse Condé

  It would be easy for a book set during the Salem Witch Trials to disintegrate into yet another western racial pastiche where the character of Tituba remains a culturally unimportant shadow in the background of a privileged white morality play.  Yet in the strong, capable hands of French (Guadoluopean) author Maryse Condé, Tituba at […]

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Goblin Market

Morning and evening
Maids heard the goblins cry:
“Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy:
Apples and quinces,
Lemons and oranges,
Plump unpeck’d cherries,
Melons and raspberries,
Bloom-down-cheek’d peaches,
Swart-headed mulberries,
Wild free-born cranberries,
Crab-apples, dewberries,
Pine-apples, blackberries…

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