Giedra Radvilavičiūtė

Giedra Radvilavičiūtė (1960) is a Lithuanian writer who won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012. The book that won her this distinction, Šiąnakt aš miegosiu prie sienos (Tonight I Shall Sleep by the Wall) contains strange, mundane and dreamlike stories that elude any attempts at compartmentalisation. In her homeland, Radvilavičiūtė is even considered the creator of a new kind of short story because striking literature is often difficult to pin down. Radvilavičiūtė’s strange realm can perhaps best be characterised by a phrase from her titular short story: “The horizon is always obscured from view, the finale is unpredictable”. It seems the author’s mind is moving and creating stories in line with that sentiment, which is why every motif is like a piece in an ever-shifting kaleidoscope. The stories of the collection feel simultaneously spontaneous and honed, a combination of accident and purpose. Giedra Radvilavičiūtė will speak to translator and editor Maria Esko.     

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