Love at First Sight (Hardcover)
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They’re both convinced / that a sudden passion joined them.
Such certainty is beautiful, / but uncertainty is more beautiful still.
Love at First Sight is a poem about love and chance and destiny by the 1996 Polish winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Illustrated by Italian artist Beatrice Gasca Queirazza, Szymborska’s poem comes to life in entirely new ways for her readers and for lovers everywhere in this oversized book perfect for gift giving.
Szymborska tells of two young lovers bound together in an instant—or were they? As the poem unfolds, the reader’s assumptions—like those of the lovers themselves—about certainty and destiny are utterly upended, revealing the paradox and mystery of fate. Here is randomness, tricks of memory, and chance, where noticing the smallest details of our intertwined lives is more essential than asking, Are we meant for each other? “Every beginning / is only a sequel, after all…”
BEATRICE GASCA QUEIRAZZA is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in Torino, Italy. She studied illustration and animation at Institute European Design in Milan and studied painting and screenprinting at Saint Martin's School in London. Her favorite materials are pencil, ink, collage and digital color.
Clare Cavanagh received an NBCC award for criticism and a PEN Translation prize for her work, with Polish poet and translator Stanislaw Baranczak (1946-2014), on Szymborska's poetry.
"This beautiful, indelible poem by Szymborska has trademark attention to detail—a falling leaf, a doorknob—and, too, her ever-present sense of mystery: why do our lives unfold as they do? How much does chance play in our most deeply felt decisions, and even in our dreams? Beatrice Gasca Queirazza's drawings, at once circumspect and charming, are a graceful companion to the text. A pleasure." —Cynthia Zarin, author of Two Cities and Orbit: Poems