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Lithuanian classical writer

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Lithuanian classical writer

  1. 1. Lithuanian classical writer
  2. 2. Balys Sruoga 1896 - 1947
  3. 3. Balys Sruoga ( February 2, 1896 - October 16, 1947) was a Lithuanian poet, playwright, critic, and literary theorist. He contributed to cultural journals from his early youth. His works were published by the liberal wing of the Lithuanian cultural movement, and also in various Lithuanian newspapers and other outlets .
  4. 4. In 1914 he began studying literature in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later in Moscow, due to World War I and the Russian Revolution.
  5. 5. • In 1921 he enrolled in the University of Munich, where in 1924 he received his Ph.D for a doctoral thesis on Lithuanian folklore.
  6. 6. After returning to Lithuania, Balys Sruoga taught at Kaunas University , and established a theatre seminar that eventually became a course of study.
  7. 7. • He also wrote various articles on literature. From 1930 he began writing dramas, first “Milžino paunksmė”, later “Radvila Perkūnas”, “Baisioji naktis” and “Aitvaras teisėjas”.
  8. 8. • His dramas about Lithuanian historical events were successfully performed in Kaunas Drama Theatre .
  9. 9. • In 1939 he began teaching at Vilnius University, where he worked until 1943. B. Sruoga taught courses based on Lithuanian and Russian literature.
  10. 10. The Sruoga family liked spending their vacations in Palanga, a small resort near the sea.
  11. 11. • When World War II began Sruoga continued working at university, but he had different problems because of his previous work in the field of Russian languge and literature. In 1943 he was sent to the concentration camp .
  12. 12. Sruoga's best known work is the novel ‘The Forest of the Gods ‘(‘Dievų miškas’), based on his own life experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, where he was sent in March 1943 together with forty-seven other Lithuanian intellectuals, after the Nazis started a campaign against possible anti-Nazi agitation in occupied Lithuania.
  13. 13. One of the first editions
  14. 14. In the book, Sruoga revealed life in a concentration camp through the eyes of a man whose only way to save his life was to view everything through a veil of irony and humor. For example, he wrote "Human - is not a machine. Gets tired.", referring to the guards beating prisoners.
  15. 15. Originally the novel was suppressed by the Soviet officials; it was ultimately published in 1957, ten years after the author's death.
  16. 16. The last years of his life Balys Sruoga spent in Birštonas.
  17. 17. ‘The Forest of the Gods’ is a 2005 film, directed by Lithuanian film director Algimantas Puipa, based on the Balys Sruoga novel of the same name.
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention 

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