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Bodies

Akvilė Kavaliauskaitė

Lithuania Short Stories

Bodies

Akvilė Kavaliauskaitė

Author

Akvilė Kavaliauskaitė (1988) is a journalist, screenwriter, director and lyricist. She successfully made her debut with the partly autobiographical novel Two Lives in a Single Summer (2015), which was a great Lithuanian bestseller. Her short-story collection Kūnai was selected last year as the best adult book of the year.

Overview

Short and effective texts describe attempts at love, desire for meaning, our bodies, us who are so animally isolated in this cosy but alienated world, confused by the abundance of information, social media and the possibility of hiding from reality. The author fights these feelings with irony and cruel laughter; the protagonists of her stories cling to whatever, even the most banal of emotions.

Praise

Kavaliauskaitė uses people’s interactions and the way they pass each other by, their eternal grip on solitude, as well as an ironic and playful gaze towards art and the source of creation. She focuses on the value of a single life, touching upon the components forming the foundation of the self and human identity. She pays attention to childhood experiences and how they are relived in adulthood. Yet the chosen angle, space, and details as well as the method of narration make the storeis in this book exceptional. The author manages to create an original chronotope and a wide kaleidoscope of experiences.

To sum up, I can say that Kavaliauskaitė is a distinctive, original, and necessary voice, and Bodies is a creative, playful, and intriguing book truly worthy of attention.

Lina Buividavičiūtė - Vilnius Review, The online Magazine for Lithuanian literature