A tragic love triangle set in a forgotten place during an invisible war. Inspired by true events, Underground tells the story of a troubled romance between Lukas and Elena, two members of the underground Lithuanian resistance movement in mid- 1940s. After shooting up a room full of Soviet government workers during their engagement party, Lukas and Elena become folk heroes to their political cause, but are forced deep into hiding in order to escape punishment for their role in the massacre. When their secret bunker is discovered, Lukas is nearly captured. Believing his beloved Elena has been killed in the raid, Lukas is forced to flee the country and the increasingly hopeless resistance movement that he has defended over the years. Finding himself stranded in Paris, Lukas tries in vain to generate some political interest in the plight of his country. Settling quietly in Europe, Lukas falls in love again, remarries, and begins
|Publisher:||Thomas Allen Publishers|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Antanas Sileika is the author of two novels and one collection of
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Brilliantly written reportage might hope to attain the epithet, ¿it reads like fiction¿. Could historical fiction legitimately aspire to the claim that it ¿reads like reportage¿? And if it were historical fiction that reads like reportage reading like fiction, what then?This is a workmanly piece of writing ¿ well-structured, spiced with romance, driven forward through a temporal sequencing of events, unburdened by complex characters that might need development or effort to align the sympathies of the reader, highlighted by a few set-piece scenes of visceral violence, and tied, finally, to the real lives of people living in present day. You might think it had been shaped by a writing school in order to attract government grants during its ¿research¿ phase, and a film deal during its ¿post-production¿ phase. In which case, you will not be surprised to learn that the author is the Director of the Humber School for Writers and that Underground has recently had its film rights picked up.Depending on your point of view, the above description will have you lining up for a chance to read this novel of (a) life in the Lithuanian underground in the latter half of the 20th century, or moving quickly on to writing a tad more adventurous and less predictable. Either way, you win.
Decent but too many asides to explain Lithuanian words or history that would have been better served in an epilogue or history chapter at the end of the book.