About the Book:
Featuring the nation’s greatest novelist and short storry-tellers, The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature shows how Lithuania’s writers have reflected the county’s development from an agrarian, Catholic society and its ability to survive the worst ideologies of the 20th century.
Powerful and arresting images – ranging from the funny and bizarre to the tragic and gut-wrenching-around in the stories: a crippled man must endure the flirtations of hunchback-teasing’ women fetching water from a village well; an angel becomes annoyed when stolen herring is allowed into heaven; a frozen Lithuanian hand nailed to a raft floats down an icy Siberian river; a child tires in vain to woke the victims of a mass execution…
About the Author:
Born in 1963 Almantas Samalavicius is a cultural historian, critic and essayist. The author of eleven books and the editor of seven collections of essays he is a professor at Vilnius University.
His articles and essays has been published in a dozen of countries as well as international journals.
Jura Avizienis has translated some of the texts for The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature. She has a Master’s degree in Lithuanian literature from the University of Illinois. Jura is a Fulbright Scholar (Lithuania, 2000), and has been teaching at Boston University since 2008. Her translations of contemporary Lithuanian literature appear regularly in The Vilnius Review.
Ada Mykote Valaitis has translated some of the texts for The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature. She is a writer, editor, and translator with a Masters degree in Literature from George Mason University In 2007, Ada was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study and translate Lithuanian literature. She currently works as a Writer-Editor in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.