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The Dedalus booklet of Lithuanian Literature makes an attempt to mirror the transition of Lithuanian literature because the starting of the 20 th century, while Lithuania used to be nonetheless an agrarian and colonized kingdom at the margins of Europe, to its current glossy and post-modernist part. Lithuanian literature was once suppressed within the 19th century through the Russians yet through the eve of WW II used to be flourishing back. a brand new Russian profession reversed this and resulted in a Soviet-style socialist realism in fiction. The final many years of the 20 th century observed the increase of a brand new iteration of writers who handled Lithuania's historical past and the modern global. The Dedalus booklet of Lithuanian Literature positive factors the vintage authors and the authors who've only in the near past come to prominence like Herkus Kuncius or Giedra Radvilaviciute.

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