Arc has signed up the hugely influential Lithuanian poet Marcelijus Martinaitis with his work, the classic, 'The Ballads of Kukutis', translated by Laima Sruoginis. The Kukutis poems - the main character personified by a "wise
fool" - always outmanoeuvred the government censors in Lithuania and was always in print during the final decades of communist rule, becoming a symbol of rebellion and hope against the forces of state oppression. The poems are not only a valuable historical record but again speak urgently and hilariously to a people under threat. This will be its first appearance in English.