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Erškeciu vainikas (Crown of Thorns) [Essays Collection]
Krokuvoje : Gebethnerio & Co knygynas. Varšuvoje : Gebethnerio ir Wolffo Knygynas. 1908 - Lithuanian language. Octavo 15 x 22 cm. Weight 110 gr. Wrappers, 84 pp. The book is in Fine condition, without any losses, damages, remarks and stains. Occasional very minor fraying of cover edges, some small foxing spots on the spine and on the fly-leaves. Present essays collection is considered as one of the most valuable author's writings, significant and valuable book of Lithuanian modernist literature. Author declared himself as the herald of new ideas, prophet, reformer, and argued that the old concept of culture is regressive, forms of classicism and lachrymose sentimentalism must be leaved in the past, therefore expressed the need to spread the new concept that would direct the future Lithuanian literature and art towards the context of early modernism. "Crown of thorns" the first modernist book of prose written on Lithuanian language, folklore stylization attempt, disrupter of literary logic with its fragmented composition, which core message - Lithuanian revival ideas of transformation, culture reform propaganda of modernism and neo-romanticism. Author presented his significant ideas to the readers in the form of improvisational oratorical speech to the audience. The philosophical concepts, mythological images, emotional poetry, Bible intonations, great enthusiasm are expressed in author's manifesto speech, full of swaggering inner confidence in his judgment. Book original cover design and graphical vignettes inside by Lithuanian painter and artist Adalbertas Staneika (1885-1962). Juozapas Albinas Herbaciauskas (1876-1944) Lithuanian writer and literary critic, initiator of modernism in Lithuanian literature. He was a controversial personality in Lithuanian and Polish cultural life, representative of double national self-identification; he was close to krajovcai ideology. Herbaciauskas considered culture to be the sole source of national independence and spoke out in favor of cooperation between historical and purely ethnic Lithuanian in creation of traditionally distinct common culture. Still, Lithuanian national culture was too young to accept decadentism of the European culture: although ideologists of Lithuanian national culture were not strictly against Modernism, they spoke in favor of revising it. Even having left Lithuania, the writer was interested in Lithuanian literature and culture, was faithful to romanticist values till the end by raising the heart above the mind, the creator and genius above the crowd, and relating the problem of creation and culture to the issues of the nation, morality and religion. As far as Herbaciauskas’s life in Warsaw is concerned, his articles against Lithuania, which prevented him from coming back to Lithuania, should not be forgotten. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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