On 29 October, 6 pm Kaunas Artists’ House invites to a meeting of event series InfoBooks – a presentation of the short stories book “Undinės” (2019, Lithuanian Writers’ Union publishing house) together with the author Jurga Tumasonytė. The event will be moderated by literary critic Neringa Butnoriūtė.
The event will be held in Lithuanian, however you’re welcome to attend with your Lithuanian – English translator!
“Undinės” is the second prose book by J. Tumasonytė, published after the eight-year break. This year, the book was selected into the Book of the Year’s top 5 list of adult fiction.
“Undinės” shows Jurga Tumasonytė’s shift from smaller to larger works, following the Lithuanian short story tradition. Her realistic stories have a sense of the relativity of phenomena, the duality of circumstances, elements of fantasy and magical realism. The writer skillfully lays out notional highlights, often using the angles of unexpectedness and strangeness. The combination of traditional Lithuanian lyricism, conditional elements, and plot constructions is an advantage of the writer’s stylistics, and in some cases – a novelty, which expands the possibilities of contemporary prose.
Her debut prose book “Dirbtinė muselė” (2011, Lithuanian Writers’ Union publishing house) has received Kazimieras Barėnas Literary Prize for its original and ironic look at reality and attractive stylistics.
Having made her debut in the cultural press in 2007, J. Tumasonytė has been an active contributor to various publications and websites, publishing interviews with Lithuanian and foreign creators, and writing cultural reviews.
Last year, the writer, along with designer Tadas Karpavičius, published a small book Knygyno istorijos, which featured real-time conversations with visitors to the bookstore eureka! where she still works part-time.
J. Tumasonytė’s texts are translated into Estonian, German, Russian, Croatian and English.
InfoBooks is a series of events of the Culture Infocentre, curated jointly with the Lithuanian Writers’ Union, presenting the books of Lithuanian and foreign authors published in the last 3 years, representing the younger and older generations of writers.
Culture Infocentre run by Kaunas Artists’ House is engaged in cultural information promotion and coordination, as well as the reading-room curation.