The Nike 2021 Literary Award will be awarded on October 3. We present the final seven books. Monika Śliwińska in the biography of “Maids from ‘Wesele’. The Mikołajczyk sisters and their world” reaches for the Mikołajczyk sisters. Women who hitherto functioned in literature in the shadow of their own husbands.
Anna, Jadwiga, Maria Mikołajczyki – peasant daughters, immortalized by Stanisław Wyspiański in “Wesele”. Until now, they lived in the background of their famous husbands: Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Lucjan Rydel and Ludwik de Laveaux. Starting from the class affiliation of her protagonists, Monika Śliwińska cuts a story about emancipation and breaking stereotypes with chronicler precision. A story about how, alongside their husbands, they built their own independence and how they had a huge impact on their lives. By writing their biographies, Śliwińska restores them to their proper place in the history of Polish literature.
– What surprised me in itself was such a strong need to convey this story, that this book would be carefully read. That this story would go on, that these girls would be talked about and discussed. This is what I can wish for as a woman and as an author. I do not write books about women who changed the world, but about those who, in the existing reality, were able to find their place in life. And this is the most important thing: to tell and talk about them – points out Monika Śliwińska.
Monika Śliwińska, born in 1978, is a journalist and editor. Since 2009, she has been associated with the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theater” Center in Lublin. The author of the book “Muza Młodej Polski” (2004), honored with the Klio Award, and the biography of Stanisław Wyspiański “Until the Old Age” (2017).
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