Come Into My Time: Lithuania in Prose Fiction, 1970-90
University of Illinois Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 251 pages
An anthology of fiction from Lithuania to appear in the West, these stories predate the disintegration of the Soviet Socialist Republics in the early 1990s. This work includes the themes of resistance and survival under a totalitarian regime that reveal the underpinnings of the Lithuanians' struggle to retain their identity and language.
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Page 7 - By writing in this modern fashion, writers hoped to evade the censor, who was notoriously obtuse and not up to deciphering the meanings of strange, convoluted texts whose point usually required that the reader work to see it.
Page 40 - ... thought that his nation could be quietly erased from Europe, just as over the past five decades forty million Ukrainians have been quietly vanishing from the world without the world paying any heed. Or Lithuanians. Do you know that in the seventeenth century Lithuania was a powerful European nation? Today the Russians keep Lithuanians on their reservation like a half-extinct tribe; they are sealed off from visitors to prevent knowledge about their existence from reaching the outside.