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Juozas Aputis


Juozas Aputis
Photo by Ričardas Šileika, 2006

Aputis Juozas, prose writer, translator.
Was born in  Bqalčiai, Raseiniai district, on June 8, 1936.
In 1960 he finished studies of the Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University. After that, he worked: in 1959-1969 at Literatūra ir menas, in 1969-1977 – Girios, in 1980-1990 Pergalė, in 1991-2001 Metai editorial offices. In 1990-1991 he was a chief editor of Pergalė, in 1991-1994 of Metai, in 1995-2001 – a head of the Prose Department at Metai periodical.
A member of an editorial staff of the Lithuanian Writers Union monthly Pergalė (in 1980-1990) and Metai (since 1991). A board member of the Lithuanian Writers Union since 1990. A member of the Republic of Lithuania National Committee of Literature and Art Prizes since 1998.
A member of the LWU since 1967.
Since 1967 – the member of LWU.

The renaissance of a short story genre during the Soviet period (the 7th-8th decades) is linked with the name of J. Aputis. A modern form of a short story, delicate psychology, originality of temper and situation, plenty of associative images, lyric world-view, the essay stylistics, harmony of daily life and the deep structures of reality in shorts stories by J. Aputis was a new and very interesting direction of searches for a reader. According to a literary critic J. Sprindytė, "Lively touching a thought and heart, Aputis is one of the most distinctive and deepest representatives in depicting the countryside life structure". Already in the early works by J. Aputis one can feel a strong basis of autobiography, world-view of a native land and close people. All characters of J. Aputis, regardless of their age, background and profession, are being led by mystery of existence, laws of universality of the living completeness and the existential disquiet. The creative principles, that sprang in short stories writing, later were developed in the larger genres of prose – stories and a novel There is no Stop at Sands… (Smėlynuose sustoti negalima…). A story An Anthill in Prussia (Skruzdėlynas Prūsijoje) (written in 1971, published in 1989) takes an exclusive place in Aputis creation. In this story, the author invokes a conditional (allegorical, symbolical, metaphorical) form, notably strengthens issues of history, an individual freedom and stand against violence that appeared in an interface of rationality and irrationality.
J. Aputis had translated prose by V. Bykov, A. Chekhov, V. Shukshin, D. Grigorowich, J. Trifonov and others.

Vytautas Martinkus

Žydi bičių duona: short stories. - Vilnius: National Fiction Publishers, 1963.
Rugsėjo paukščiai: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1967.
Horizonte bėga šernai: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1970.
Sugrįžimas vakarėjančiais laukais: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1977.
Tiltas per Žalpę: long short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1980.
Keleivio novelės: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1985.
Gegužė ant nulūžusio beržo: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1986.
Skruzdėlynas Prūsijoje: short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1989.
Vargonų balsas skalbykloje: long short story. - Vilnius: Versmė, 1991.
Smėlynuose negalima sustoti: novel.- Vilnius: Vaga,1996.
Dvi apysakos. - Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 1996.
Novelės. - Vilnius: Žaltvykslė, 2004.
Vieškelyje džipai: short stories.- Vilnius: Lithuanian Writers Union Publishers, 2004.
Maži atsakymai į didelius klausimus: essays. - Vilnius: Alma littera, 2006.

Drew up:
Broniaus Radzevičius. Link Debesijos: short stories, 1984.
Broniaus Radzevičius. Priešaušrio vieškeliai nebaigtą 2-ąją dalį: novel, 1985.

Translations from Russian language:
V. Totovencas. Prie senojo Romos vieškelio; Ovnatanas; Jeremijos sūnūs: long short story. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1972.
J. Korinecas. Labų dienų nuo Vernerio: novel. -  Vilnius: Vaga, 1975.
D. Grigorovičius. Kaimas: selected long short stories. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1977.
C. Kosmačas. Pavasario diena; Baladė apie trimitą ir debesį: novels. - Vilnius: Vaga, 1980.
J. Trifonovas. Senis: novel. -  Vilnius: Vaga, 1984.
V. Šukšinas. (1929–1974) Atėjau jums duoti laisvę: historical novel. - Vilnius: Mintis, 1985.

Books in other languages:
Pamalē skrien meža cūkas (Horizonte bėga šernai): short stories. -  Ryga, 1974.
Cvetet pčelinyj chleb (Žydi bičių duona): short stories. - Maskva, 1980.
Most čerež Žal`pe (Tiltas per Žalpę): short stories and long short stories, 1989.

Žemaitė literary award of the 1971.
Juozas Paukštelis award of the 1996.
A. Vaičiulaitis literary award of the 1997.
Lithuanian Republic Government Art Award of the 1998.
J. Kunčinas literary award of the 2004.
National Culture and Art Prize Laureate of the 2005.
P. Cvirka literary award of the 2005.



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