The Chronicles of Good Life Kęstutis Navakas

The Chronicles of Good Life

Published: 2017

ISBN: 9786094662447

Number of pages: 296

Dimensions: 147 mm x 221 mm

Cover: Hardback

Publisher: UAB Tyto alba

10 points about the book

1. Its first edition issued in 2005 was sold out in no time and some people are still looking to get a copy.
2. This second edition is not a copy. The book is supplemented with10 texts written in the same epoch of “commercial kiosks” (1994–1996).
3. The first edition won the J. Lindė-Dobilas’ award, Poetry Spring prize for the best essayistic expression, Mūzų Malūnas (Muse Mill) prize, and was nominated in the Book of the Year competition.
4. Valdemaras Kukulas wrote about the book: “K. Navakas’ intensive play with cultural, intellectual, social contexts creates the dominant elements of the author’s cultural attitude and ideology: Bach, Beethoven or anyone else did not have this and that but the Kaunas dweller has and will have forever”.
5. And this is what Viktorija Šeina wrote about the book: “It does not matter whether the essayist describes an international literature event, a boring weekend or a libretto translation “suffering”, – in his text all this turns into an elegant, charming and certainly funny excellent “story”.
6. The book consists of essays in the usual sense and of many truly bohemian memoir stories, and of humoresque with the realities of those days.
7. Nearly everything that is described really happened although sometimes it is hard to believe it.
8. This is my only book sent to a Belorussian prison because the prisoners had asked for it.
9. This is my only book which no one ever returned after borrowing.
10. This is a book which will not let you be bored, no matter how hard you tried.

Kęstutis Navakas

Kęstutis Navakas (1964) is one of the most visible Lithuanian poets. He grew up in Kaunas, which figures in his work as his beloved city, and he has been a very active participant in the city’s cultural life. Besides writing for the cultural media, Navakas opened his own bookshop, which was one of the first private initiatives to organise literary events. He has also worked for television as a book reviewer, and has translated quite a lot of poetry from German and English. His own writing is marked by a very playful attitude towards language. He debuted as a poet and has published five collections of poetry, but he later also started writing essays. His writing is elegant, playful, erotic, and full of joie de vivre, with slightly decadent overtones. For him, no word has a single fixed meaning; he associates freely, even phonetically, and frequently uses quotes and references to spice up his writing. ‘I am an adventurer’, he once said in an interview, perfectly characterising both his personality and his work.

Visi laiškai – žirafos (2012)

For one year Kęstutis Navakas and his real-life partner Akvilė Žilionytė wrote letters to each other, and published them in a cultural weekly. Put together in a book, the letters are proudly called ‘a novel’. This is not like any other novel you have seen before. It tells a story, several in fact, and most of them are absolutely real; but that is beside the point. It is first and foremost a stylistic literary experiment, pushing at the boundaries, and more often than not crossing into the surreal. The letters discuss everything, from everyday subjects to the most sophisticated matters, They contain plenty of cultural references and allusions, their impressions of films, paintings and books, and silly stories that happen at home or in the street. This funny and perceptive, but most of all surprising and unexpected book was immediately received with enthusiasm by critics and literary experts.

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