Wisława Szymborska

Banquet speech

Wislawa at the 1996 Nobel banquet
Wislawa Szymborska delivering her banquet speech, 10 December 1996. © Nobel Foundation. Photo: Hans Pettersson.

Wisława Szymborska’s speech at the Nobel Banquet, December 10, 1996 (in French)

Personne n’a de routine de recevoir le Prix Nobel. De même personne n’a de routine d’en exprimer sa reconnaissance. Dans ma langue maternelle, comme dans chaque langue d’ailleurs, il y a beaucoup de mots jolis au choix. Mais il me semble qu’à cette occasion le mot le plus simple a le plus de sérieux et de sens: Merci, dziêkujê, tack.

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1996, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1997

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