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Introduktionen som försvann - lanseringen av litauiska noveller till en svensk läsekrets.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German, Baltic Languages.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Introduction that Disappeared - Launching Lithuanian Short Stoires to a Swedish Readership. (English)
Abstract [en]

This work concerns the book "Litauiska noveller" [Lithuanian Short Stories],  a collection of nine Lithuanian short stories translated into Swedish by noted Finnish diplomat Ragnar Öller (1893-1960) and tutor and  journalist Nils Bohman (1902-1943).  

The authors of the nine short stories are Jonas Biliūnas, Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius, Antanas Žukauskas-Vienuolis, Ignas Jurkunas-Scheynius, Jurgis Savickis, Petras Cvirka, and Petronėlė Orintaitė.

The 242-page book published 1940 in Stockholm, was the first translation of literary texts from the Lithuanian appearing in the Swedish language. In spite of a professionally carried out translation, the book never gained the attention of Swedish literary circles, and has more or less been forgotten throughout the post war period and up to the present.

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the history leading up to the publication of the book within the context of Swedish-Lithuanian relations, and analyse the possible reasons of why this work remained unnoticed for so many decades. Why was the book not reviewed in the Swedish daily press? Was the book ignored because of the choice of authors of the novels? Was the disregard due to the political situation?

A discussion from a few selected points of view follows on some possible reasons of why the launch of "Litauiska noveller" failed in 1940.

An appendix listing published works of Lithuanian authors in the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic) up to 1996 is attached.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Lithuania, Lithuanian, translate, short story, Sweden, Swedish, Biliunas, Kreve, Vienoulis, Seinius, Savickis, Cvirka, Orintaite, Bohman, Öller
Keyword [sv]
Litauen, litauiska, översatt, novell, svenska, Biliunas, Kreve, Vienuolis, Scheynius, Savickis, Cvirka, Orintaite, Bohman, Öller
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76168OAI: diva2:525878
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-09 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved

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