Tomas Venclova

The most famous contemporary Lithuanian author. Born 1937 in Klaipeda. Co-founder of the Lithuanian Helsinki-Group in 1976, in 1977 expatriation from the Soviet Union. Since 1980 Professor of Slavic Literatures at Yale University. Publications include: several collection of poems, the most recent one Rinktine (1999), poetry-translations, essays, articles and the novel: Aleksander Wat: Life and Art of an Iconoclast.


Lithuania’s capital is close to the heart of many different groups and nationalities who have at one time or another called it “home”. Better that they unite in their love of the city than fight for isolated fragments of its magical, multi-layered past, writes Tomas Venclova.

Poesie ist Sprache zum Quadrat

Erich Klein und Uldis Tirons im Gespräch mit Tomas Venclova

Der litauische Dichter Tomas Venclova über sein Land, Kriege, Ödipus und die Poesie.

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