by Maria Wirtemberska
For anyone interested in the history of the Polish novel, and certainly for anyone interested in early-nineteenth-century Polish literature, there could scarcely be a more significant book than Maria Wirtemberska’s Malwina, czyli domyslnosc serca (Malvina, or the Heart’s Intuition)—Prof. Halina Filipowicz, The Polish Review (2004)
A work of genuine artistic daring and sophistication, Malvina, or the Heart’s Intuition has been overlooked by critics for too long, and readers have been denied the pleasure of reading one of literature’s major landmarks—until now.—Brickbat Books
Ingeniously structured and garrulously related by a Tristram Shandy-esque narrator, Wirtemberska’s psychologically complex work is one of Poland’s first modern novels. This romantic story of the young widow Malvina and her mysterious lover Ludomir, reflects influences from the epistolary to the Gothic. A Polish counterpart to Jane Austen.
Tr. Ursula Phillips. Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. ISBN 9780875804507