This collection of three of Kristina Sabaliauskaitė's short stories, which have come from Danielius Dalba & kitos istorijos, are intertwined in the deepest sense of that idea as a Vilnius narrative. Vilnius, Wilno, Vilna – are three perspectives opening up Vilnius, three ways to see and understand this amazing multicultural Central European city. 'Franco's Black Pearls,' 'The Return of Samuel Vilner,' and 'The Weathervanes of Vilnius' are three prose poems written to Polish, Jewish, and Lithuanian Vilnius, masterfully avoiding ethnic or religious illustrativeness. Vilnius is Vilnius - just as Kraków is Kraków. Take away just one component of the historical self-consciousness and memory of this Central European town and all of its picture and historical fabric will be distorted.
"Czesław Miłosz and Tomas Venclova understood this perfectly in writing their epistolary masterpiece 'On Vilnius as a Form of Spiritual Life.' Kristina Sabaliauskaitė also understands that perfectly." Leonidas Donskis
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