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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Legend of the Walled-Up Wife

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Ileana Mӑlӑncioiu is considered a hero and visionary in Romania, where she lived under the oppressive Ceauşescu regime, learning to make oblique statements both her art and political instrument. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin studied Romanian so she could movingly translate these poems and their powerful message. The use of legend, fable, and myth is richly important to both poets, resulting in a book of remarkable poetic compatibility.


Reviews

“Mălăncioiu often blurs the line between life and death, creating the sense of haunted dislocation one finds in Dickinson.” Ní Chuilleanáin’s translation, despite its colloquial tone, “gives the poems a shapeliness, a formality that complements their understated horror.” Mălăncioiu’s work is “a reminder of just how viscerally . . . art can speak, even through a censor.”
– Benjamin S. Grossberg, Antioch Review

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Ileana Mӑlӑncioiu is considered a hero and visionary in Romania, where she lived under the oppressive Ceauşescu regime, learning to make oblique statements both her art and political instrument. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin studied Romanian so she could movingly translate these poems and their powerful message. The use of legend, fable, and myth is richly important to both poets, resulting in a book of remarkable poetic compatibility.


Reviews

“Mălăncioiu often blurs the line between life and death, creating the sense of haunted dislocation one finds in Dickinson.” Ní Chuilleanáin’s translation, despite its colloquial tone, “gives the poems a shapeliness, a formality that complements their understated horror.” Mălăncioiu’s work is “a reminder of just how viscerally . . . art can speak, even through a censor.”
– Benjamin S. Grossberg, Antioch Review

Additional information

Publication date:

2012

Pages:

80

Binding:

Paperback