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Lithuanian classic now in translation

Posted by Angela Jarman, 11th January 2009

Marcelijus Martinaitis
Marcelijus Martinaitis

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.