spotlight on Lithuania

In celebration of the 2018 London Book Fair's Market Focus on the Baltic countries, the Starling Bureau is thrilled to feature three untranslated books from Lithuania, brought to us by our guest contributor Erika Lastovskytė. 

Read more about Erika and her three special picks from Lithuania below.


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90s by Jonas Žakaitis

Brilliantly crafted short stories providing a kaleidoscopic glimpse of life in 1990s Lithuania.

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Alphavilnius: A Strange Adventure of Arnold Sputnik by Valentinas Klimašauskas

A genre-bending experiment in metafiction that challenges conventional thinking on literature while telling the strange adventure of Arnold Sputnik

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I Sat on Stalin’s Lap by Markas Zingeris

An offbeat and heartwarming account of three generations of Lithuanian Jews set against the clash of regimes and their fall. 


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Erika Lastovskytė is a translator, publicist and rights professional. She received her MA in English Studies from Vilnius University and currently lives in Oxford. She is the creator, developer and manager of various cultural programmes and projects including Summer Literary Seminars and the Baltic Women Writers’ Tour. She is a recipient of a grant from the Lithuanian Council for Culture to promote Lithuanian literature in English speaking countries. Erika is currently participating in the prestigious Emerging Translator Mentorships Programme run by Writers’ Centre Norwich and supported by the Lithuanian Culture Institute.