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Antanas Škėma

The White Cloth

    The only novel of A.Škėma, "The White Cloth" (1958), aroused vivid literary discussions. Most of the literary critics considered "The White Cloth" an interesting literary experiment that tried to lead the Lithuanian novel into the new paths.
    The novel traces the route towards madness of a poet Antanas Garšva. The author discloses the character of Garšva and his tragic experiences.
    The style of A.Škėma is very particular, full of unexpected metaphors, eruptions of subconscious, the flashes of incredible beauty. Nevertheless, there are stylistic contrasts also: the lyric and esthetically delicate confessions are suddenly followed by coarse, cynical images and rude words.