Literature

Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

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Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (born 1974) is the most widely read Lithuanian author (sales of her books run to hundreds of thousands of copies) and is well-received abroad. Her award winning four-part historical novel Silva Rerum is also a bestseller beyond Lithuania’s borders, in Latvia and especially in Poland, where it has attracted the admiration of readers, exceptional reviews and was shortlisted for the final of the ANGELUS Central European Literary Prize in 2016. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė’s work has attracted comparison with the great literary classics, though critics have at the same time emphasized that her prose is a phenomenon in its own right and a completely unique literary voice. Sabaliauskaitė has a PhD in art history and Baroque studies. For almost a decade she worked as a foreign correspondent in London and together with that experience she also brings a profound academic knowledge and a refined, rich, innovative literary language. Critics have remarked on the paradox that her prose is very intellectual and multilayered, yet her books are still mesmerising page-turner

Silva rerum; Silva rerum II; Silva rerum III; Silva rerum IV. Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2008-2016. – 286 p., 294 p., 320 p., 397 p.

In Lithuania the Silva Rerum (from Latin silva rerum forest of things) saga (2008-2016), set in 1659-1795, is considered to be the most important literary event of the last decade. Almost 150 years of the country’s history is told through the lives of four generations of a minor noble family, the Narwoyszes, simultaneously depicting the cultural and philosophical panorama of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its international connections – some of the action takes place in England, France, the Netherlands and Germany. The themes that come up in her novels and short stories are identity, memory, history and the micro-histories of individuals shaped (or crushed) by historical events. Silva Rerum novels have been praised by cultural historians and acclaimed by critics as a “new page in Lithuanian literature”. The Vilnius Tourism Information centre has introduced historic-literary guided tours Silva Rerum which follow the path of Kristina Sabaliauskaite’s novel: Silva Rerum and Silva Rerum II guided tours are now the most popular in the city of Vilnius.


Selected translations

English: Vilnius. Wilno. Vilna: three short stories. Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2015

Latvian: Silva rerum; Silva rerum II; Silva rerum III; Silva rerum IV. Riga: Zvaigzne, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018

Polish: Silva rerum. Cracow: Znak, 2015; Silva rerum II. Cracow: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2018

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