Lives of the Saints / novel of short stories Romualdas Granauskas

Lives of the Saints / novel of short stories

Published: 2014

ISBN: 9789986397458

Number of pages: 136

Dimensions: 145 mm x 217 mm

Cover: Hardback

Publisher: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla

Lives of the Saints is an innovative version of hagiography, in which the author rethinks the concept of sanctity and the saints according to the most important cataclysms of the 20th century, especially in light of the Second World War. The saints in Granauskas’s texts are the simple people of a village, each of whom has to try to survive in his own dark moments: one secretly records the history of murdered partisan fighters; another falsifies family origins to try to win just a bit more of life. This is truly influential and exciting prose, charming in its moderate and calm tone of storytelling, leaving it to historical reality to create special effects, with a quick-paced style and attention to the dramatic circumstances of the times. Basically, the real life of a mid-20th century Lithuanian is conveyed in Granauskas’s short stories, which merge into a single tale, overflowing with an original interpretation of sanctity and scenarios of the most various experiences. Keywords: creative and innovative adaptation of 20th century hagiography; masterful storytelling; moderation and coherence of the internal story; detailed character descriptions that recount their tragedy and pain; a deceptively simple and lively style.


Saint Michelina

Teacher Michelina was not from lowland Samogitia; she came from somewhere in the Highlands and had moved to town the year the German’s closed Kaunas University. She was studying there with a certain Povilas Beržonskis, and maybe he was even the one to tell her that the school was in need of a teacher, though certainly there were teacher shortages in the small towns much closer to her hometown. And here, of all places, this backwoods of backwoods where they spoke the strangest of dialects, where you couldn’t understand what a child was asking nor what an adult was saying, full of terribly rough people, coarse in their ways. But she didn’t leave, and as to why not—well, you couldn’t just up and ask her. When she arrived—tall, young, beautiful—all the youngish men sucked in their stomachs, straightened their shoulders, and all the more frequently hoisted up their sagging trousers when they caught sight of her. At first the town’s women watched her every move, but there wasn

Romualdas Granauskas

Romualdas Granauskas was a star of Lithuanian literature, a master of prose, one of the most productive authors of his generation. Without the works of Granauskas it would be difficult to map out Lithuanian literature of the late 20th century. Granauskas’s texts look back at the archaic Lithuanian worldview, its relationship with the land, with its own language, mythology, and history. He painfully opens up relics of the soviet era, and shows us gaps left in the fates of men. It is often said that the writer was one of the last ambassadors of Žemaitija (Samogitia) to Vilnius. The people of Žemaitija have a way of thinking and speaking that is not rushed: this careful, thorough, considerate nature permeates his entire body of work. Granauskas is one of the bestselling authors of Lithuanian literature. He has received the Žemaitė, Juozas Paukštelis, Antanas Vaičiulaitis, Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė, and Liudas Dovydėnas literary awards. In 1999 he earned the Lithuanian Republic Government Art Award, and in 2000 the National Culture and Art Award. In 2013 Lives of the Saints was acclaimed by literary scholars as the most creative book of the year.


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Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishing House was established in 1990. Currently we publish around 60 books per year and are ranged between 10 biggest Lithuanian publishing houses. The scope of our publications is wide: new books by Lithuanian authors, including prose, poetry, essays, memoirs and critical studies, also the first books by young authors, books from the literary canon and exiled authors as well as translations of elite foreign literature.