My name is Mary Alvydas Šlepikas

My name is Mary

Published: 2016

ISBN: 9789986397014

Number of pages: 184

Cover: Hardback

Publisher: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla

A book about fear and hope. A book about anxiety and salvation. A book about pain and poverty. The novel by Alvydas Šlepikas, “My Name Is Mary,” has been characterised in many different ways and has become one of the most widely-read Lithuanian books of recent years. Inspired by true events, the author tells a story of “wolf children.” The eponymous Mary is one of them.


Fragments from the past appear as if coming out of the darkness, like the play of shadows and light, like a black and white film.

The year is 1946.
It is winter.
A cold and grim post-war winter, full of horror.
The bridge hangs between heaven and earth above the frozen Nemunas River. The wind carries flakes of snow like down some highway. In some places the ice lies dark as white as if it were marble. It is cold, more than twenty below Celsius.
There are many metal constructions here. They criss-cross like some strange type of net, and the wind whistles through the gaps. The bridge is metal, solid, howling and singing the songs of the winds.
Blending with the wind, we hear a strange, eastern, soldier’s song.
Through the bridge’s metal, in the distance, some sort of small, dark, moving dots can be seen.
Hanging from the bridge there are posters, adverts, newspapers, proclaiming victory, encouraging people to show no mercy, to go ahead and murder. They warn about the necessity of having a licens

Alvydas Šlepikas

Alvydas Šlepikas – poet, prose writer. He was born 27 January, 1966 in Videniškiai, Molėtai district.
In 1984 he finished his studies at Secodnary school. He studied at Vilnius 21st Technical School. After his studies he did military service in Soviet army in Kazakhstan. After the army he worked as a locksmith and lathe operator at factories for some time. In 1988-1994 he studied at Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy and acquired a specialty of an actor (in 1992) and director (in 1994). In 1995-1999 he was an editor of weekly “Literatūra ir menas”. He was an actor at Vilnius Small Theater and later at Vilnius National Drama Theater. Now he works at editorial office of “Literatūra ir menas”, also as an actor and director of TV series. His poetry debut was in 1994. He is a member of Lithuanian PEN Center. He lives and works in Vilnius.

B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Taika tavo kraujui: poetry. – Vilnius: Scena, 1997.
Tylos artėjantis: poems. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2003.
Lietaus dievas: short stories. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2005.
Meškeriotojai: short story. – Vilnius: Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka, 2008.
Mano vardas – Marytė: novel. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2011–2014 (re-print).

C o - a u t h o r :
Svetimi: poems (together with D. Dirgėla, V. Gedgaudas, E. Ignatavičius, D. Valančiauskas). – Vilnius: Vakarinės naujienos, 1994.
Svetimi po 20: anthology of poetic group “Svetimi” (together with D. Dirgėla, E. Ignatavičius, L. Leščinskas, D. Valančiauskas). – Vilnius: Homo liber, 2014.

D r e w u p :
Poezijos pavasaris, 1995: almanack. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1995.
Poezijos pavasaris, 1996: almanack. – Vilnius: Vaga, 1996.
A. Puškinas. Lyrika: poems in Lithuanian and Russian languages. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1999.

A w a r d s :
1996 “Varpai” literary award for poetry publication.
1998 Zigmas Gėlė-Gaidamavičius award for the best poetry debut of the year.
2003 Book “Tylos artėjantis” was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2004 Julijonas Lindė-Dobilas literary award.
2004 “Balta varna” award.
2005 Book “Lietaus dievas” was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2012 Jurgis Kunčinas literary award.
2012 Book “Mano vardas – Marytė” was elected the Book of the Year and was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2012 Lithuanian Writers' Union award for the book “Mano vardas – Marytė”.
2013 Patriot award for the book “Mano vardas – Marytė”.


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