Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again (Lithuanian Literature Series)
Translated by way of Elizabeth Novickas
Ten tales at the border of fiction and essay, within which the studies of lifestyles “are unrecognizably reworked, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”
In ten of her most sensible essay-stories, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė travels among the ridiculous and the elegant, the typical and the intense. within the position of plot, which the writer claims to have had “shot and buried with the correct honors,” the reader reveals a dense, subtly interwoven constitution of reminiscence and truth, banalities and fable, all served up with an excellent dollop of absurdity and humor. We shuttle from the previous city of Vilnius to Chicago’s Brighton Park local, from the seashore to an area delicatessen, all in a story college as exquisitely designated as a bouquet of plants. As in all of her paintings, Radvilavičiūtė performs with the genres of fiction and nonfiction, essay and brief tale, within which the reports of lifestyles “are unrecognizably reworked, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”
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