​Orpheus, the Journey Forward and Backward Tomas Vaiseta

​Orpheus, the Journey Forward and Backward

Published: 2016

ISBN: 9789986399223

Number of pages: 232

Dimensions: 145 mm x 215 mm

Publisher: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla

Orpheus, the Journey Forward and Backward is a modern interpretation of the myth of Orpheus, a subtle psychological narrative in which fragments of the current time and space familiar to us interweave with the plots of the art history of the 20th century, the relationship between a young man and an older woman interlace with a fearful foreboding of war, a craving for a sin – with repentance, and the reality – with memories and fantasies.

A young couple is having breakfast in a recently rented flat. He is listening to the reports about political disturbances on the radio; she rises to her feet slowly, goes across the kitchen and carefully places a cup of coffee on the edge of the sink. The sound of a cup touching the metal sink as if awakens him. Suddenly he realises he can no longer stand the proximity of his beloved.

Tomas Vaiseta

Tomas Vaiseta (born in 1984) is a historian, editor, and a writer. The author’s debut collection of stories Sleep of Birds (2014) was among the five books shortlisted for the Book of the Year, and in 2014 it ranked among the twelve most creative books.


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