Ričardas Gavelis

Ričardas Gavelis (November 8, 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania – August 18, 2002) was a writer, playwright, and journalist.

Life and careerEdit

Ričardas Gavelis graduated from Druskininkai high school in 1968. In 1973 he graduated with a degree in theoretical physics from Vilnius University. From 1973 to 1977 he worked at the physics institute of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.[1]

From 1978 to 1980 Gavelis worked in the editorial departments of the magazines Mokslas ir gyvenimas and Pergalė; from 1992 to 2002 he worked as a news analyst for the daily newspaper Respublika and the weekly Veidas.[2]

Gavelis was the author of Vilniaus pokeris (translated as Vilnius Poker) and several other novels and collections of short stories. His work is characterized by a mix of fantasy, eroticism, philosophical ponderings on the human condition, and psychological insight.

Along with Algimantas Puipa, Gavelis co-authored the screenplay for the film Forest of the Gods (2005), original title Dievų miškas, adapted from the novel of the same name by Balys Sruoga.[3]

Gavelis's works have been translated into English, Latvian, French, Polish, Finnish, German, Macedonian and Belarusian.



  • Neprasidėjusi šventė, short stories, Vilnius: Vaga, 1976
  • Įsibrovėliai, short stories, Vilnius: Vaga, 1982
  • Nubaustieji, short stories, Vilnius: Vaga, 1987
  • Vilniaus pokeris, novel, Vilnius: Vaga, 1989
  • Jauno žmogaus memuarai, novel, Vilnius: Vaga, 1991. - 140 p
  • Vilniaus džiazas, novel, Vilnius: Vaga, 1993
  • Paskutinioji žemės žmonių karta, novel, Vilnius: Vaga, 1995
  • Taikos balandis, short stories, Vilnius: Alma littera, 1995. - 146 p.
  • Prarastų godų kvartetas, novel, Vilnius: Tyto alba, 1997 - 228 p. ISBN 9986-16-071-5
  • Septyni savižudybių būdai, novel, Vilnius: Tyto alba, 1999
  • Sun–Tzu gyvenimas šventame Vlniaus mieste, novel, Vilnius: Tyto alba, 2002. - 290 p.

Translated into English:

  • Handless and A Report on Ghosts, short stories, in Come Into My Time: Lithuania in Prose Fiction, 1970-90, ed. Violeta Kelertas. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1992, ISBN 978-0-252-06237-7
  • Vilnius Poker, translation of Vilniaus pokeris. Rochester, NY: Open Letter Press, 2009. Translated by Elizabeth Novickas. ISBN 978-1-934824-05-4 Reissued in paperback by Pica Pica Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0996630429
  • Memoirs of a Life Cut Short, translation of Jauno žmogaus memuarai. Glasgow: Vagabond Voices, 2018. Translated by Jayde Will. ISBN 978-1908251817
  • Sun-Tzu's Life in the Holy City of Vilnius, translation of Sun-Tzu gyvenimas šventame Vlniaus mieste. Flossmoor, IL: Pica Pica Press, 2019. Translated by Elizabeth Novickas. ISBN 978-0996630436

Translated into French:

  • Vilnius Poker, translation of Vilniaus pokeris, Arles : Monsieur Toussaint Louverture, 2014. Translated by Margarita Le Borgne. ISBN 979-1090724174

Translated into Macedonian:

  • „Покер во Вилнус", translation of "Vilniaus pokeris", Antolog, 2013, ISBN 9786084507949

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