My Voice Betrays Me Vanda Juknaitė

My Voice Betrays Me

Published: 2015

ISBN: 9789986392422

Number of pages: 256

Dimensions: 13 mm x 20 mm

Publisher: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla

In this non-fiction book, the writer narrates her experience in the summer camp for homeless children organized by a group of her colleagues sharing the same sympathy for underprivileged children. The rapport that she established with the children developed into a lasting relationship, yet the fate of many of the inmates took on a dramatic turn. The book also contains numerous short essays and conversation pieces with the most diverse personalities, ranging from a ten-year-old boy to a professor and a convict on death row. The characters Juknaitė chooses to talk with find themselves struggling with terrible diseases, living in exile or prison – places where all usual habits, cultural codes, and ready answers cease their meanings. The situation of these people is painful, it scares and causes frustration, but, when everything seems to be lost, the inner voice starts to talk. The mode of Juknaitė’s writing is both subjective and passionate, it is intellectually probing as well as committed in a very special feminine way. Her writing is characterized by a detailed naturalistic language, emotionally truthful storytelling in the realist tradition of Lithuanian realist storytelling, and introspection, characteristic of heightened impressionist prose, that looks inward to the pain refined by hopelessness.


Between Two Tubes

Having taken it upon myself to decipher the world and to introduce order, my rational and instrumental brain caused my thinking and my actions to become more systematic, as is formed by tests and experiments that are based on methods of thought that guarantee clear and trustworthy conclusions. However, today it is already clear that even the most efficiently proven truths can always be reviewed or dismissed and replaced with new ideas and discoveries, on the basis of additional arguments. Such a situation makes all discovery relative. In actual situations we may talk about the illogical and mistaken nature of thought.
Despite all this, the belief in the rational continues to be the most attractive, the most comforting, and the least doubtful of all human religions. For this reason, to examine not only the clichés of certain modes of thinking, but also what affects behavior, would be somewhat risky. All the more, those thoughts have caused hundreds of years of intense di

Vanda Juknaitė

Vanda Juknaitė (1949) debuted in 1983. She was not particularly prolific as a fiction writer: one collection of short stories and two novels, and not very long at that. In her fiction, she shows clear signs of an unusual sensitivity to human sadness, pain and misery, and was particularly interested in examining the situation of women at various stages of their lives. However, in the first decade of independence, she took a much more hands-on approach in doing her part for the new state and society, and became a very active worker and organiser of various social projects, first and foremost with street children. This inspired her to write again, but in a different way. Her later books are essays and interviews about the social reality and its various tender spots. However, as they are written by a true writer, they also have literary merit.

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Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishing House was established in 1990. Currently we publish around 60 books per year and are ranged between 10 biggest Lithuanian publishing houses. The scope of our publications is wide: new books by Lithuanian authors, including prose, poetry, essays, memoirs and critical studies, also the first books by young authors, books from the literary canon and exiled authors as well as translations of elite foreign literature.