Eliza Orzeszkowa: Nad Niemnem [On the Niemen] (2066 words)

Ursula Phillips (University College London)
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Nad Niemnem [On the Niemen, 1888] is the best known and most studied novel by Eliza Orzeszkowa (1841–1910). It originally appeared in instalments in the Warsaw weekly Tygodnik Ilustrowany in 1887, and was published as a book by Gebethner and Wolff the following year. Considered representative of Orzeszkowa’s deepest concerns and values, the culmination of her writing career, it is not, however, necessarily typical of her œuvre taken as a whole. Its greatest attraction for Polish readers has been its articulation of commitment to national self-determination and cultural autonomy and its appeal to all social classes of Poles to work collectively—the only effective strategy, a…

Citation: Phillips, Ursula. "Nad Niemnem". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 September 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35906, accessed 19 September 2020.]

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