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Jurgis Savickis

NOVELĖS
Short stories

    Jurgis Savickis is one of distinct innovators and explorers of new paths in Lithuanian literature. His works made impact on the later generations of prosaists, especially his broken construction of a sentence. Here are presented stories and short stories from the three collections that were published while author vas alive, and the works that were not included in the published books.
    The Sonnets of Holy Days (1922) is the first collection of J.Savickis's stories that brought him to the first ranks of Lithuanian prose vanguard. This collection of stories was strongly criticized, J.Savickis was considered as a dangerous modernist and decadent. The book contains no issues about holy days, and the form has nothing in common with a traditional sonnet. The plot of the stories is limited by the phenomena of sub-conscious, constricted inner experiences of persons. The characters are somewhat detached from their societies, they live in their own world of feelings. The style of The Sonnets of Holy Days is expressionist. The reality depicted by J.Savickis is not as much created as performed. The writer is interested in impression produced by the form of reality. In this sense J.Savickis remains close to impressionism.
    The full recognition was brought to J.Savickis by his second collection of stories, By the High Throne (1928). Here the features of characters are more developed, the more distinct trend of their life is shown.
    J.Savickis's selection of stories The Red Shoes (1951) is centered on the Lithuanian realities. Here the narration of author flows in more calm waters than in his previous works, a portrait of a person is depicted with a wider range of colours. Appears the intonation of nostalgia, that was absent in previous works of J.Savickas.
    The works that were not included in books, cover the whole path of J.Savickis' creative life. The very first his work, "The Worries of Marutė", published in 1910 in Lietuvos Žinios, is included.