LEGEND OF THE WALLED-UP WIFE
Translated from the Romanian
by Eilean Ni Chuilleanain
Designed and composed for Wake Forest University Press
by Nathan W. Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press
Softcover with flyleaves: $12.95 | 86 pages | 6" by 9.5"
ISBN 978-1-930630-61-1 | Fall 2012
Ileana Mălăncioiu is a Romanian poet. Living under the Ceauşescu regime, she shared with other Eastern European poets of her generation the ability to make the oblique statement both her art and political instrument. Her visionary poems describe those trapped in fables not of their own making. The titular story of the volume is the legend of the walled-up wife, which concerns the tragic sacrifice of a female victim to ensure the successful completion of an important undertaking, such as the construction of a building. Other characters and stories come from the Bible and literature, such as Lear and Ahab, and perhaps most importantly Antigone. Mălăncioiu tells these mythic tales with finesse and beauty. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin learned Romanian so that she could bring them to us.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a Fellow and retired Professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin. She is a founder of Cyphers and a member of Aosdána. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Sun-fish, won the Griffin International Poetry Prize.
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