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Wislawa Szymborska dies aged 88 | 03-Feb-12

The Nobel prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska has died. Her personal secretary Michal Rusinek has confirmed that she had been suffering from lung cancer.

Szymborska died in Krakow, where she had been living since 1931, having moved there from Bnin at the age of 8. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, and has been referred to by Poland's president Bronislaw Komorowski as the country's "guardian spirit".

Her first poem was published in 1945, although her first collection - intended to appear in 1949 - did not pass censorship as it "failed to meet Socialist requirements". A supporter of Socialism initially, Szymborska slowly grew estranged from the party and left in 1966.

As well as the Nobel Prize, she received the Goethe Prize and the Polish PEN prize.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/02/wislawa-szymborska-dies-88

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