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Meeting with a writer - Kristina Sabaliauskaitė

2023-01-24, 6:00 p.m.
Graphic with a photograph of Kristina Sabaliauskaitė and with the release date and name.

24 January, 18.00


On the 24th of January a meeting with Kristina Sabaliauskaitė took place. It was organised in connection with the publication of the forth volume of her best-selling series “Silva Rerum”, addressing the rise and fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The meeting inaugurated the celebration of the year of Lithuania in Krakow.


The plot of the final part of the tetralogy takes place at a special moment: the 1770s mark the end of Polish-Lithuanian state, but also the rise of the European Enlightenment. New concepts are already resounding in the West: the primacy of reason, innovative ideas in art and science, women are beginning to gain a voice in public life. The new situation divides society into supporters of the old and the new orders. Meanwhile, Franciszek Ksawery Narwojsz, Jesuit, philosopher, mathematician, poet, citizen of Central Europe educated in France, embarks on a journey around Europe with a mission entrusted to him by King Stanisław August Poniatowski. His journey will take him from Warsaw, Gdańsk, Amsterdam and Paris to London. Will he get answers to his existential questions, which he failed to find in progressive ideas?


The launch of the fourth volume of the “Silva Rerum” series, published by Wydawnictwo Literackie and translated into Polish by Kamil Pecela, is not only a feast for the lovers of Sabaliauskaitė's writing, but also a good moment for those who are yet to discover this amazing novel series.



Kristina Sabaliauskaitė



Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik



The International Cultural Centre, “The Ravens” Hall

International Cultural Centre in Krakow, Wydawnictwo Literackie, Lietuvos kultūros institutas

The meeting was interpreted into Polish Sign Language, but it was not broadcast.

The meeting inaugurated the celebration of the year of Lithuania in Krakow, as part of which the ICC opens in June the exhibition of Lithuanian photography: about the exhibition. This year also the 700th anniversary of the city of Vilnius takes place: more about the anniversary programme in Vilnius.

Biographical notes:

Kristina Sabaliauskaitė – art historian and writer. Author of the best-selling four-volume novel series “Silva rerum”, which became a literary phenomenon in Lithuania (53 editions, over 300,000 copies sold, third place on the list of 100 Lithuanian Books of the Century), and the dilogy “Petro imperatore”, which is even more popular among readers. Doctor honoris causa of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius, laureate of the Liudas Dovydenas Award and the St. Christopher Award, shortlisted for the Angelus Central European Literature Award.


Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik – director of the International Cultural Centre, graduate of art history at the Jagiellonian University. Research fellow of the US Department of State and Tokyo University for Foreign Studies. She has worked at the International Cultural Centre since 1996. In 2018, she was the national coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In 2022, she was elected to the Europa Nostra Council and the board of the RIHA International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art. Member of the Association of Art Historians, the Society of Appreciation of Krakow History and Monuments, the ICOM International Council of Museums, and the Social Committee for the Protection of Krakow Monuments. She is a member of the board of several Krakow museums: the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Photography, the Krakow Museum and MOCAK. In 2018, she was awarded the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit, and in 2020, the Knight's Cross of the Order “For Merits to Lithuania”.


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Photo of the author by Paulius Gasiūnas

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