Breathing into Marble

Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė

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It’s a book so full of strong emotions that it is possible to feel the characters breathing down your neck while you read it.
- Ugne Barauskaite, No men no cry, Contemporary Lithuanian Women’s Prose

Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature

Isabelle is married with a young epileptic son. She lives with her husband on the outskirts of the city. Driven by a whim she decides to adopt Ilya, an orphan, despite the recommendations of specialists. Ilya is a troubled boy and the family quickly unravels under his malevolent influence.

Breathing into Marble is a dark and poetic tale of love and violence, of art and relationships.

Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1972. She studied Lithuanian language and literature at Vilnius University and became a journalist and an editor of a children’s magazine. In 1993 she won the Lithuanian Writer’s Union First Book competition. She is also a playwright and her plays have won awards in Lithuania and Germany.

Breathing into Marble won the EU Prize for Literature in 2009.