Number of pages: 534
Dimensions: 150 mm x 220 mm
Publisher: UAB Apostrofa
North” – is the first detailed autobiographic book by Tomas Venclova, a writer,
one of the most prominent and influential contemporary Lithuanian intellectuals. In his conversations with Ellen Hinsey, Venclova covers four
decades of life in Lithuania and Moscow and four decades of life in the United
States of America.
stories reveal not only Venclova’s biography and creative life but also a wide
cultural and political context: the writer conveys the atmosphere of the Soviet
times from the perspective of his personal experience with special emphasis on
the Lithuanian and Russian unofficial culture and dissident movement. The book
presents appealing stories of such political figures as Boris Pasternak, Anna
Achmatova, Josef Brodsky, Czesfaw MiJosz and many others.
Venclova was interviewed by Ellen Hinsey (born in 1960), an American poet,
literary critic and translator who wrote the introduction to the book. In her essayistic
works, she puts much emphasis on the political and cultural development of the post-communist
Central and East Europe. She translated a number of poems by Venclova into the
English language, while Venclova translated her poem “A Concise Biography of
She has been living and working in Parys for many years.
Kalvarijų g. 294B-5, 08318 Vilnius
Tel.: 8 687 34546
Apostrofa Ltd is a small independent publishing house established in 2003 07 03. It publishes fiction and non-fiction (humanities and social sciences in particular), both translations (from English, German, Polish, Swedish, Icelandic, French, Czech, Estonian) and original works written by Lithuanian authors. Apostrofa's list of published titles includes high quality books which have won prestigious awards in our country due to content and design.