It’s Christmas night, and Pastor Kristijonas has disappeared-so begins this magical, madcap tale of a pastoral Lithuanian community, weaving together myths, legends, and supernatural tales with the lives of ordinary folk. As the ghosts of the Lithuanian dead grapple with those of the newcomers from abroad, a bubbling teapot of passions erupts, and a timeless world is brought to life with humor and love, tragedy and horror.
About the Author:
Saulius Šaltenis was honored with Lithuania’s 2020 National Prize for his contributions to literature as an editor, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and writer of short stories. He is signatory of Lithuania’s 1990 act reestablishing its independence from the Soviet Union. This modern classic is his second novel to be translated into English.
“Bees on the Snow is a wildly energetic novel which makes me think of a mash-up of the satiric art of Pieter Brueghel and the unlikely but compelling narrative logic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude. Although the peasants and lords in this novel are mostly not Jewish, there is plenty of sardonic village humour here in the manner of Sholem Aleichem. Set centuries ago in East Prussia, in a place often ravaged by wars, the story is a breathless narrative in which characters have wild reversals of fortune: judges become beggars, squires become preachers, and apparent slatterns become objects of admiration.” -Antanas Sileika, author, Provisionally Yours