London-based Kristina Sabaliauskaitė is the most widely read Lithuanian author Her award-winning four-part historical novel Silva Rerum is also a bestseller. #RivetingReviews: Rosie Goldsmith reviews SILVA RERUM, BOOKS I-IV by. 23 Mar The four volumes of Kristina Sabaliauskaitė’s historical saga Silva Rerum (– ) have sold more than a quarter million copies in her.

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The professor of Mathematics, the jesuit Franciszek Ksawery Narwoysz, a freemason and a philosopher, is not just sabaliausskaite citizen of t of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania but also of the world. Born in Vilniusshe has been based in London since The art historian Dr.

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Here in Vilnius I can see how fervently Lithuanians love their Baroque interiors, buildings and literature. Almost years of the country’s history is told in fates of four generations of one noble family, simultaneously depicting the cultural and philosophical panorama of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth amd Europe. The Silva Rerum novels are researched with scientific precision and based on historical facts and characters, so they attempt to join the science of history with the art of literature.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The Latvian translation of ‘Silva Rerum’ was published in to rave reviews, comparing it to the rsrum on the level of Salman Rushdie and Umberto Eco. Books of the Week.

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British Council may use the information you provide for the purposes of research and service improvement, to ask for feedback in the form of questionnaires and retum. I found it both encouraging and enlightening and feel quite inspired to keep writing as sulva result. The erudite and mischievous narrator — a delightful balance sustained consistently across all four novels — thus lays out the future paths of adult Urszula and Rerjm Invaluable tips and insights from every single speaker.

It became a bestseller of 19 editions and was pronounced ‘a literary event’ and ‘a cultural phenomenon’ in Lithuania, critically acclaimed and recognised by historians of culture, praised for the captivating, multilayered storytelling and the great attention to historical detail. Science and religion, body and soul, life and death, love and loss: Make a contribution Choose your amount. Intended from the beginning as a tetralogy, the subsequent parts of this noble family saga each of them describing one Narwoysz family generation were published – ‘Silva Rerum II’14 editions, about the Great Plague of and the Great Northern War’Silva Rerum III8 editions, set in the midth century and exploring the origins of the legend of the Righteous Proselyte of VilnaAbraham ben Abraham and the Great Fires of and ‘Silva Rerum IV’5 editions, the final part of the tetralogy about the Enlightenment and the period from to Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth partitions in The light and humour in this opening passage are soon overshadowed silvq terror and violence: Nancy, Vienna, Krakow, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Paris and London are the destinations of his travels where terum meets the sovereigns of Europe, the islva renowned scientists and the intelectual women, observes the miracles of music and theatre that transform the arts, experiences the forbidden love and brings back to Vilnius the reru progressive scientific ideas and trends of the Enlightenment.


Your email address will not be published. In Lithuania the Silva Rerum sagaset inis considered to be the most important literary event of the last decade.

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Views Read Edit View history. Its nobility is divided into two irreconcillable parts – those adamant to keep the old ways and those who believe in the new, better order which they are keen to prove by their choices that destroy the boundaries of the class.

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I wanted to depict history as seen from different perspectives, an epoch’s life experienced on different levels, all without compromising literary quality. Enter your email address to subscribe: Their beloved cat has just died: Suddenly several things in our history that I was used to taking for granted—such as our location at the cultural border where the West meets the East, the coexistence of different religions and communities, and the relatively strong legal position of Lithuanian women in comparison to that in Western Europe and hence the extraordinary, strong female historical characters —appeared in context.

The Cartesian opposition of body and soul, the Baroque drama of life and death, the search for God and the life behind the convent walls, the history of the university and the microhistories of the multinational Vilnius that toll in the voices of bells, founded by a Frenchman Jean Delamars — are just a few themes from the first part of ‘Silva Rerum’. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat This is carried out via networking meetings for industry members.

For Lithuanians Kristina has brought back to life the creative fervour of a multilingual, multi-cultural country once so central to Europe, today slowly clawing its way back.

As I was doing research for my PhD dissertation, I found documents, letters, and memoirs from that period, work that embodied a wide variety of cultures, ideas, passions, and extraordinary lives, and it became clear that this material would be great for a contemporary historical novel.

But what disturbs his soul, why is he doubtful when he looks into the black starry sky above Vilnius, what reminiscences make his heart to skip a beat and why he is convinced that a long time ago proclaimed dead Vilnius Basilisk which feeds on fanatism, darkness of mind and impurities of conscience, has ressurected and adapted to the spirit of the new times?


Each Silva Rerum novel features real events; the great floods, wars, fires and plagues taking place in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from to form the backdrop to the Narwoysz family chronicle. Read the complete supplement. This probably answers why ‘Silva rerum’ novels with their multinational characters and their wide geography — which encapsulates not only Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but also Germany, sabliauskaite Netherlands, France and England — attract such a wide readers’ following.

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And so was born the Silva Rerum quartet of novels, set between and in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and depicting the lives of four generations of one minor noble family, the Milkont-Narwoyszes. For almost a decade she worked as a foreign correspondent in London and together with that experience she also brings sabaluauskaite profound academic knowledge and a refined, rich, innovative literary language.

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Instead, it was the thought of how to do such a big, beautiful story justice. I spent a decade researching, letting the idea mature, and fermenting my idea about how to develop what I call the contemporary historical novel, one that would be different from the traditional historical novel, which usually depicts the great characters and great events of textbook history.

In this sublime passage, the sentences are as long as rivers, winding their ornately baroque path across the page, full stops sprinkled like rare stars. Urszula was curious to know if life depended on the heart beating or on the fact that a soul resides in the body, while Kazimierz … was interested in knowing if perhaps it might be possible to dissect Maurycy, since he was after all already dead, and see how everything was arranged inside him.

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