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By Giedra Radvilaviciute

Translated by way of Elizabeth Novickas

Ten tales at the border of fiction and essay, during which the stories of existence “are unrecognizably remodeled, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”
In ten of her top essay-stories, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė travels among the ridiculous and the elegant, the typical and the intense. within the position of plot, which the writer claims to have had “shot and buried with the right kind honors,” the reader reveals a dense, subtly interwoven constitution of reminiscence and fact, banalities and delusion, all served up with a very good dollop of absurdity and humor. We commute from the outdated city of Vilnius to Chicago’s Brighton Park local, from the beach to a neighborhood delicatessen, all in a story college as exquisitely unique as a bouquet of vegetation. As in all of her paintings, Radvilavičiūtė performs with the genres of fiction and nonfiction, essay and brief tale, within which the reports of existence “are unrecognizably reworked, just like the flour, eggs, nuts, and apples in a cake.”

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