Baltušis, Juozas

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Baltušis, Juozas


(pseudonym of Albėrtas Juozėnas). Born Apr. 14, 1909, in Riga. Soviet Lithuanian writer and public figure. Began to appear in print in 1932.

From 1959 to 1967, Baltuŝis was deputy chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR. He is the author of collections of short stories and sketches including: The Week Begins Well (1940), White Clover (1943), What Isn’t Sung About (1959), Valiusa Needs Alek-sas (1965), and In the Fathers’ and Brothers’ Footsteps (1967). In his play The Cocks Are Crowing (1947) Baltuŝis creates a realistic image of the kulak. In his best work, the novel Sold-out Years (vols. 1–2, 1957–69), Baltusis creates a gallery of images of farm laborers. He has been awarded two orders, as well as medals.


Raštai, vols. 1–5. Vilnius, 1959–69.
In Russian translation:
Izbrannoe. Vilnius, 1953.
Prodannye gody. Vilnius, 1959.
O chem pesni ne slozheny. Moscow, 1965.


Ocherki istorii litovskoi sovetskoi literatury. Moscow, 1955.
Makarov, A. Pokoleniia i sud’by. Moscow, 1967.


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