Balta drobulė has ratings and 62 reviews. Alan said: This is the first full novel by a Lithuanian writer and/or writer in translation that I have r. Antanas Škėma “Balta drobulė”. Panašumas tame, jog abu romanai yra autobiografiniai. Vyrauja karo tema abejuose romanuose. Šiame „Mokinio skaitinių“ leidinyje publikuojamas vieno iš talentingiausių lietuvių išeivijos kūrėjų Antano Škėmos romanas „Balta drobulė“.

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Balta drobulė by Antanas Škėma (4 star ratings)

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. An additional quirky coincidence is that my first-ever job as a teenager was as an elevator operator in an era when such jobs still existed, although not for very much longer. That did make the cross-hatched pattern of the trellis on the book cover easily identifiable as that of an elevator guard rail whereas most would likely view it as that of a prison or other barrier which it is also likely meant to suggest.

Alternating chapters take us back and forth from this present world to his early life in Lithuania before and during the Soviet and Nazi occupations of WWII.

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Although the synopsis for the book stresses its occasional stream-of-consciousness writing and somewhat experimental nature for its time ofit was not at all difficult to follow in terms of its two interweaving plotlines. The very thorough background information and Lithuanian folk text translations and reference explanations in the footnotes were especially helpful in this new edition published by Scotland’s Vagabond Voices who have been producing an excellent translation series with their Changelings imprint.

Es ist nicht immer leicht, dem Gedankenchaos des Protagonisten zu folgen. Beeindruckend und unbedingt lesenswert. This book was very unusual and fascinating at the same time. I loved the surrealistic feel of it and how the reader could both observe the events from afar and get inside the protagonist’s mind quite literally. It was not a narrative, but plainly the thoughts of a mentally ill person whom a reader could see through.

These thoughts, subconscious dreams and random connections between them and the surrounding world made me remember how mysterious the thinking patterns are and that each mind is un This book was very unusual and fascinating at the same time.

These thoughts, subconscious dreams and random connections between them and the surrounding world made me remember how mysterious the thinking patterns are and that each mind is unique in itself. I felt like getting into protagonist’s mind was so personal and visual and, though these thoughts and visions were bizarre, it made me feel like I could see through the character and that he had nothing to hide.

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I didn’t expect anything special from this book and waited for yet another pessimistic story which involves only tragedies of people and their suffering like every other typical Lithuanian storybut pessimism and suffering in The White Shroud were presented in dreamy, surrealistic way which I enjoyed.

I wonder if its better to read impressionist stream-of-consciousness writing in a language you’re not totally comfortable with, because you don’t try too hard to understand it.

Some of the more abstract scenes were overwrought, but most of it was beautiful and terribly depressing.

Balta drobulė

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He’s sometimes referred to as Lithuanian Albert Camus. Died in a car accident in Pennsylvania on August 11, No trivia or quizzes yet.

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