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The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature attempts to reflect the transition of Lithuanian literature since the beginning of the twentieth century, when Lithuania was still an agrarian and colonized country on the margins of Europe, to its present modern and post-modernist phase. Lithuanian literature was suppressed in the nineteenth century by the Russians but by the eve The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature attempts to reflect the transition of Lithuanian literature since the beginning of the twentieth century, when Lithuania was still an agrarian and colonized country on the margins of Europe, to its present modern and post-modernist phase. Lithuanian literature was suppressed in the nineteenth century by the Russians but by the eve of WW II was flourishing again. A new Russian occupation reversed this and led to a Soviet-style socialist realism in fiction. The last decades of the twentieth century saw the rise of a new generation of writers who dealt with Lithuania's history and the contemporary world. The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature features the classic authors and the authors who have only recently come to prominence like Herkus Kuncius or Giedra Radvilaviciute.


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The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature attempts to reflect the transition of Lithuanian literature since the beginning of the twentieth century, when Lithuania was still an agrarian and colonized country on the margins of Europe, to its present modern and post-modernist phase. Lithuanian literature was suppressed in the nineteenth century by the Russians but by the eve The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature attempts to reflect the transition of Lithuanian literature since the beginning of the twentieth century, when Lithuania was still an agrarian and colonized country on the margins of Europe, to its present modern and post-modernist phase. Lithuanian literature was suppressed in the nineteenth century by the Russians but by the eve of WW II was flourishing again. A new Russian occupation reversed this and led to a Soviet-style socialist realism in fiction. The last decades of the twentieth century saw the rise of a new generation of writers who dealt with Lithuania's history and the contemporary world. The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature features the classic authors and the authors who have only recently come to prominence like Herkus Kuncius or Giedra Radvilaviciute.

34 review for The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    If you have no other experience with Lithuanian literature, this slender anthology of 19 writers is an excellent place to start. The stories, ordered chronologically, take the reader through different periods of Lithuania's recent history. In these pages we meet sarcastic gulag inmates; cheerful old flirts; alcoholics; pet lovers; free-spirited teenagers who encounter unusual flowers; and other strange, serious, or satirical characters. The selection of work is well-balanced, with an array of pr If you have no other experience with Lithuanian literature, this slender anthology of 19 writers is an excellent place to start. The stories, ordered chronologically, take the reader through different periods of Lithuania's recent history. In these pages we meet sarcastic gulag inmates; cheerful old flirts; alcoholics; pet lovers; free-spirited teenagers who encounter unusual flowers; and other strange, serious, or satirical characters. The selection of work is well-balanced, with an array of protagonists with such varying voices that you want to know what the main character of the next story has to say and what the author's literary approach will be. The collection begins with thievery in the countryside with a psychological twist and ends with a story with such colorful characters that they seem to jump off the page and shake you by the shoulders. The works included have been carefully chosen and the anthology overall fills a gap in world literature in translation. It is, at this time, notoriously difficult to find major works from "minor" languages such as Lithuanian translated. For the most part, if you don't speak Lithuanian, you have a narrow selection of translated works from which to choose. So, though this anthology could conceivably act as a jumping-off point for those who want to learn more about the literary tradition of Lithuania, without a body of ready literature translated into English or other languages, the reader must either be satisfied with what is presented here, search high and low for rare translated works, or learn Lithuanian.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Tales of love and loss, these writings parallel some of the points and times in history that Jared Diamond discusses in his book "Upheaval" the sand-paper like relationship that both the Baltic states as well as Finland had with the Soviet Juggernaut. The Soviet-style Siberian concentration camps were similiar to their Nazi counterparts by way of hell on earth living conditions and treatment. Fascinating, disturbing and educational. Tales of love and loss, these writings parallel some of the points and times in history that Jared Diamond discusses in his book "Upheaval" the sand-paper like relationship that both the Baltic states as well as Finland had with the Soviet Juggernaut. The Soviet-style Siberian concentration camps were similiar to their Nazi counterparts by way of hell on earth living conditions and treatment. Fascinating, disturbing and educational.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clark Hulse

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eilan

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marco Delgado

  6. 5 out of 5

    M.D.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  8. 5 out of 5

    Giulia Paolucci

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne Matthews

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

  11. 4 out of 5

    M. E.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Harry Sumnall

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vilija

  14. 5 out of 5

    Birute

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tulika I. Bahadur

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zivile

  17. 5 out of 5

    Short Curator

  18. 5 out of 5

    Larry Bond

  19. 5 out of 5

    M

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mingus

  22. 5 out of 5

    Flowers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Johnmarlo Suico

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eadweard

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mahmoud Awad

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tetiana

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Arcângelo

  30. 5 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

  31. 5 out of 5

    Sotiria

  32. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

  33. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

  34. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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