Paulina Pukyté

Paulina Pukyte portrait

I love gossip. And who doesn’t? Perhaps you don’t? Well, in that case you’re an exception; the rest of us really love it. Gossip is the stuff(ing) of life. Isn’t it a pleasure, for example, to find out from the media that the daughter of a famous politician has lost a lot of weight with the help of a faith healer? As much as 54 kilograms, we are told! That’s just what I weigh. In other words, she has lost me. I feel it’s a relief not only for her, but for me too.

- Paulina Pukyté


Paulina Pukyté (b.1966 in Vilnius) is an artist, prose writer, poet, essayist and cultural commentator. She graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and received a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London, where her video work was awarded a Madame Tussaud’s Art Prize. In 2001- 2003 and 2006 she was a guest lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Art and the Kaunas Art Institute. She writes regularly for the cultural weekly 7 meno dienos (7 Days of Art,, and contributes to other publications in Lithuania. She lives and works in London and Vilnius.

Paulina Pukytė is one of the most interesting writers of ‘prose based on real life’. Her texts are born from conversations overheard in the street, from myths created by the media […] Pukytė describes all of this in a light, elegant style, writing with a subtle irony […] If I were to compare Pukytė’s work with earlier writers, I would be looking for her literary precursors in the company of Daniil Kharms’s Incidences, Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen, and Phaedrus’s fables. – Laima Kreivytė, critic

Featured Reading Group Titles

Jų papročiai (Their Habits)
Vilnius: Tyto Alba, 2005

Paulina Pukyté’s first book Jų papročiai (Their Habits) was published in 2005. Its short pieces combine found dialogue, commentary and fiction to create an insightful and hilarious portrait of the Londoners she has lived among (including the immigrant Lithuanians).

Netikras Zuikis (Fake Rabbit)
Vilnius: Apostrofa, 2008

Her second book is also a string of very short stories and other texts. Netikras zuikis (Fake Rabbit) was published in 2008 and shortlisted for the Book Of The Year award in Lithuania in 2009. Themes from the first book are continued and deepened. As a child of the Soviet Union her perspective on life in the Western world today is refreshingly different.

We hope you will enjoy the extracts in English from these two books, and a previously unpublished new dialogue.

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Jų papročiai and Netikras zuikis are featured in the And Other Stories Lithuanian-language Reading Group for Summer 2010.

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