Akvilė Kavaliauskaitė (1988) is a journalist, screenwriter, director and lyricist. She successfully made her debut with the partly autobiographical novel Two Lives in a Single Summer (2015), which was a great Lithuanian bestseller. Her short-story collection Kūnai was selected last year as the best adult book of the year.
Short and effective texts describe attempts at love, desire for meaning, our bodies, us who are so animally isolated in this cosy but alienated world, confused by the abundance of information, social media and the possibility of hiding from reality. The author fights these feelings with irony and cruel laughter; the protagonists of her stories cling to whatever, even the most banal of emotions.