A TRANSACTION OR AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENTIRE LIFE OF AN ORPHAN GIRL BY WAY OF PLAINTFUL THRENODIES IN THE YEAR 1685
A transaction, or an account of the entire life of an orphan girl by way of plaintful threnodies in the year 1685 : the Aesop episode
Warszawa : Sub Lupa, 2013
Writing years after terrible events which colored her life forever, Anna Stanislawska (1651-1701) meticulously reconstructed in an epic poem the episode of her forced marriage to the deviant son of the Castellan of Kraków. He was deemed to be so ugly that Stanislawska called her new husband Aesop, who was said to have been one of the ugliest men in Antiquity.
Barry Keane's idiomatic and inventive verse translation brings to life this half-forgotten poetic account of a remarkable tale of triumph in the face of overwhelming oppression and allows Anna Stanislawska to take her place among the women poets of early modern Europe.