Nobel Prize » Nobelova nagrada | 29 Glikova je četvrta žena koja je osvojila Nobelovu nagradu za književnost od 2010. godine, a tek 16. od 1901, kada je nagrada počela da se dodeljuje Glück is the fourth woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature since 2010, but only the 16th to have won it since Nobel prizes first began being awarded in 1901 Tekst/Words: Jelena Pantović Fotografije/Photography: Osim što se bavi pisanjem, profesorka je engleskog jezika na Univerzitetu Jejl. Debitovala je 1968. zbirkom Firstborn, da bi ubrzo bila proglašena jednom od najistaknutijih pesnikinja američke savremene književnosti. Nisu jemnogo poznavali van Sjedinjenih Američkih Država, da bi danas, u 77. godini, mogla da se raduje novim čitaocima. Mi smo u još boljoj poziciji, nestrpljivi da otkrijemo pesnika takve pronicljivosti i duhovitosti. Snowdrops Do you knowwhat I was, how I lived? You knowwhat despair is; then winter should have meaning for you. I did not expect to survive, earth suppressingme. I didn’t expect to waken again, to feel in damp earth my body able to respond again, remembering after so long how to open again in the cold light of earliest spring – afraid, yes, but among you again crying yes risk joy in the rawwind of the newworld. (U jednoj od svojih najhvaljenijih zbirki Wild Iris iz 1992, za koju je nagrađena Pulicerovom nagradom, opisuje čudesni povratak života posle zime u pesmi Visibabe) / (In one of her most lauded collections, TheWild Iris (1992), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, she describes the miraculous return of life after winter in the poem ”Snowdrops”): NOB E L FOR LOU I SE GLÜCK Joy in the rawwind of the newworld This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück, who has been recognised for “her unmistakable poetic voice that, with austere beauty, makes individual existence universal”, said the Swedish Academy overseeing the award EVEN IN THEIR HOME COUN TRIES, FEW POETS ACHIEVE true fame within their own lifetimes. But Louise Glück has been awarded almost every prize an American poet might hope to receive. She even won the Pulitzer Prize, back in 1993, while this October she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. e chair of the Nobel prize committee, Anders Olsson, praised the poet’s candid and uncompromising voice, which is “full of humour and bitingwit”, comparing her to Emily Dickinson. Her poetry focuses on the painful reality of being human, while her Ararat collection was described in the NewYork Times a few years ago as “the most brutal and sorrow-filled book of American poetry published in the last 25 years”. Sadness and grief are certainly frequent parts of what she writes - yet she’s seldom a depressing writer. Born in 1943 in New York, Glück today lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Apart from her writing, she is a professor of English at Yale University. She made her debut in 1968 with Firstborn, and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature. She hasn’t beenwidely read outside theU.S. to date, but now - at the age of 77 - Glück can look forward to many new readers, and they can look forward to discovering a poet of insight and humanity. 16.