The year that protagonist Sonia experiences is not paradise at all. After not being allowed to university, the young woman from a south eastern province is confronted with a failing escape from miserable circumstances.
»The Lithuanian language: melancholic, but dignified, a shop rich of things, like a second-hand bookshop or, to continue the comparison, like a cubbyhole – a rich language«.
Laurynas Katkus proves himself as a gentle but effective narrator. He elaborately reveals everyday life, social circumstances and the atmosphere in the still communist and in the end post-communist Lithuania.
With uncompromising precision but still with care, Dénes Krusovszky discusses the fragmental character of human relations and situations in his prose poems.
After a warehouse fire – between Samuel Beckett's manuscripts and documents –, the diary of a yet unknown assistant of Beckett is found. The diary reveals that Beckett and his assistant jointly rearranged the author's archive ... Rich in lightness and irony, the novel unfolds a marvelous ironic discourse about an artist’s life and cult. It's an homage to Beckett and an instruction for reading.