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Eliza Orzeszkowa House. Now here is a writer's museum.

Eliza Orzeszkowa (June 6, 1841 – May 18, 1910) was a Polish novelist and a leading writer of the Positivism in Poland movement during foreign Partitions. In 1905 together with Henryk Sienkiewicz and Lev Tolstoy, Eliza Orzeszkowa was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The prize was awarded to Sienkiewicz.

Born to a family of gentry, Orzeszkowa was married at age 17 to a landowner. The marriage was unsuccessful, largely because Orzeszkowa not only was passionately and actively pro-independence but also sought the emancipation of the serfs. When it was annulled 11 years later, she settled in Grodno, where in 1879 she opened a bookshop and publishing house.

Considered Orzeszkowa’s masterpiece, Nad Niemnen depicts Polish society in Lithuania.

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