Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (1974) is a Lithuanian art historian and one of the best known authors of Lithuania. The key to her creative success is a combination of her historical knowledge and fiction skills. In 2008, she published the historical novel Silva Rerum, describing the life of the Narwoysz family in the late 17th century, after the period of conflicts in the years 1648 to 1667 named the Deluge, which involved Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden, and Ukrainian cossacks led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky. The success of the work led to three sequels of the same name, and Silva Rerum IV, published in 2016 reaches the last decade of the 18th century. The Lithuanian PEN named the Silva Rerum novels among the ten most important literary works of the past decade. Similar acclaim has found the two-volume Peter’s Empress (2019 and 2021), which centres on a Lithuanian-born orphan, an ordinary girl named Marta Skowronska who became the second wife of Peter I for a few years, and by extension, the ruler of the entire Russian empire, and who, according to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore charmed the cruel Peter with her joy and carefree attitude. Sabaliauskaitė delves into the internal world of this mysterious woman to describe her live and the era she was born into, both full of upheavals. Peter’s Empress is considered a perfect mix of emotional and psychologically precise biography and historical accuracy.
|Thursday, 25 May at 18:00||Kristina Sabaliauskaitė and Linda Kaljundi||Estonian Writers’ Union|