Mindaugas Grigaitis )*
www.kamane.lt , 2006 03 16)** In brief: The book of K.Navakas “Chronicles of Good Life“ is an attempt to cross the rather close distance of ten years and reveal the environment which existed a decade ago, to create a chronicle about it. The author of the book describes the genre of stories included into the “Chronicles” as Bohemian essays. Such a description makes one expect a playful text about the extravagance of Bohemian life and the quenchless passion of life.


However, the author of the article states that reading the chronicles he failed to find the world of K.Navakas, there was only him and the text which had to be filled with the reading experience. There was no passionate language of Bohemian representatives, no balance between the passion of Bohemia and coldness of a chronicler. The author of the book seems to lumber up the text with his language, abundance of details; therefore, there is no silence that matures the word and the Bohemian attempt to identify oneself with the “poor reality”, only the fragmented language.


Thus, “Chronicles of Good Life“ is a playful and ironic book, the language of which does not let in the reader who is willing to experience the emotions and feelings of events. We may not grope after the events which took place instead of the story or behind the story, and the author of the article states that the doors to the language house of this book remained closed to him.


)* I am Mindaugas Grigaitis. I was born in 1983 and thus I am a complete dilettante critic. Authors and critics of my critic may always use my young age as an argument favourable to them (I will not be angry about it and will really smile). I have published several critical articles (not only on literature) in Šiaurės Atėnai, and the review of Herkus Kunčius novel “Not to Mercy Dushanski” should soon be published in Nemunas. The biography of this dilettante critic is also poor. Perhaps his “textophil” conception of the literature critics is also strange – “not to love” authors, to open up only to texts and the pleasure of reading. The ones who admire the game of reading and accept the rules offered by the text will most probably understand.


)** authentic text of the author

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