All about Balta drobulė: romanas by Antanas Skema. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. By his death, Antanas Škėma also vindicated his belief that the absurd and a slave is Antanas Garšva in the novel The White Shroud (Balta drobulė, ). Editions for Balta drobulė: (published in ), (Mass Market Paperback published in ), (Paperback published in ), (Hardcover publish.

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A rebellion, we are told, is an effort to assert one’s human dignity. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.

Alternating chapters skeema us back and forth from this present world to his early life in Lithuania before and during the Soviet and Nazi occupations of WWII. This may well be the essence of Skema’s perception of the world. The stories might be said to have an epic dimension of their own, but it is an internal epic, not concerned with the enormous number and complexity of external events, or, rather, concerned only with their terrible meaning on the symbolic plane.

During World War I he lived in Russia with his parents. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. From one point of view it could be said that the novel is mainly about the defeat of the poet.

This feeling is present in the dialogues, in the quarrels — everything is permeated with the expectation of some great love which would embrace everyone, sorrows, sins, revolting vulgarity and all. Perhaps by insisting that his sister remain in the monastery Antanas has actually committed a blasphemy because he has transformed the suffering God into a granite idol, born of man’s perverse imagination, no different in essence from the “absolute objectivity” which Pijus professed to believe.

Victor Hugo wrote his prayer at a time when people believed in impressive turns of phrase, in beautiful, dramatic gestures which, they knew, would not bring the pillars of the world crashing down about their ears.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The whore Magdalena, dgobule instance, has always wanted to be a dajicer and to strew flowers under the feet of priests in processions. Both Pijus and Antanas are forsaken by their respective gods: Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this skemma. Small horse, small cart, small man, the hills come nearer and nearer, oh how terribly burns the sun, we will not get there by evening, we will not get anywhere at all.

This is how the people on the trolley perish:. Being a poet, he keeps his glance directed to the earth. Loving both Kazys and Elena, he has tortured them both; and, while torturing them, he has understood that he possesses no right to do so in the name of bbalta truth because he does love them in human terms.

Literary Heritage of Antanas Skema – Rimvydas Silbajoris

The terrible question that this priest must face in his hour of death is this: Ignas was a dreamer — now his world is a nightmare. Kostas brings death to Antanas and himself in revenge for the love he was refused skkema childhood. A man is an exile because his spark of divinity alienates him from the earth — his mother. No library descriptions found.

He who betrays his own people to the enemy is a dis-picable traitor. The whole world is ruled by logical inevitabilities which, in their dead clarity, are entirely incomprehensible to the living imagination. The scene is Lithuania inin the last few days of the first Soviet occupation, just before the German attack.

Most of the literary critics considered “The White Shroud” an interesting literary experiment that tried to lead the Lithuanian novel down a new path. While acting out their lives on the purely human plane, they seem to be aware somehow that what they do has no reality except in terms of the symbolic. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Kostas has a brother, Antanas, who, like Abel in the Bible, represents the figure of light. Water has the same quality, and so does fire, so does earth itself.


The scream disappears behind the door.

Antanas Škėma

They thought it possible to tease a little the good God who holds the key to the mysteries of the universe. I won’t go, I don’t want to any more. Pity has destroyed the invincible force to which Pijus had committed himself. In The Awakeningfor instance, the Soviet secret police investigator Pijus attempts to force Kazys, his former successful rival and now an underground hero, to betray resistance secrets by torturing Elena, the woman they both love and Kazys has married, before his rival’s very eyes.

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And he runs to the ladder, he climbs, he shouts hoarsely “God, erobule God, please show yourself! Jasper, topaz and chrysoprasus Shoot forth from between the twisted bata. Inhe left Lithuania for Germany, where he was involved in some artistic work with Lithuanian troupes, primarily in DP camps. They do not answer to the definition of a tragic hero as someone whose qualities elevate him far above his fellow men; and yet their lives, their passions and sufferings are comprehensible only in relation to an all-encompassing moral and metaphysical idea.

Ignas is a poet at heart because he thinks that love is holy — a communion of saints. The inner action, however, consists of a giant leap by Martynukas into dtobule arms of God. Wikipedia in English None. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. The double Louis E. When he was in Kaunas he married Janina Solkeviciute, a Polish economist. Ignas is now in love with antanaz beautiful girl, Inga the symbolic nature of the protagonists is already evident in their names: Information from the Estonian Common Knowledge.

Be glad you’re neurotic.