Paulina Egle Pukyte 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, and direct encounters with “cultural activists” of various stripe. These everyday observations reveal deeper contemporary problems of a global yet alienated society: a crisis of values, superficiality, rudeness, intolerance, historical and cultural short-sightedness. Pukyte describes all of this in a light, elegant style, writing with a subtle irony and alternating the structure of the narrative. And for this reason it is not only interesting to read her short as if born-here-and-now literary works, but also a pleasure (in the sense of Barthes’s “pleasure of the text”). If I were to compare Pukyte’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.
Pukyte regularly publishes her texts in cultural periodicals and already has a loyal following of readers. The author’s first book
Jų papročiai [Their Habits] attracted a lot of interest and favourable reviews.

Laima Kreivytė

Paulina Pukyte’s
Netikras zuikis [Fake Rabbit] is both a serious and bitterly funny book. First and foremost it is about people, their aesthetic prejudices, ethical lapses, pathetic phobias – about the constantly droning and hypnotising ether around us, also called “civilisation” by anthropologists. The masterfully recorded situations, “typical” conversations, “you could not make it up” dialogues are all a string of “documents” from the beginning of the 21st century, strung on the relative London-Vilnius axis, show accurately and without anger just how “peculiar” today’s world is (when soberly considered): should we be crying or laughing?

Herkus Kunčius

Paulina Pukyte observes and analyses social and cultural phenomena with subtle intellectual humour and self-irony. She uses her Lithuanian, and even “Soviet Lithuanian” experience as an advantage, forming a different perspective. She presents us with numerous funny and sad stories about her encounters with the English, Lithuanians and many other nationalities of the world that form the face of multicultural London. Humour, erudition, sense of literary style, eye for observation, ability to describe people and their ways through everyday detail makes her texts an enjoyable and intellectual read.

Solveiga Daugirdaitė

Wherever she is, London, Vilnius or any other city, Paulina Pukyte remains in cultural opposition to a dominant discourse. Her gaze is attracted by what is marginal, humble, and banal. However, in this banality Paulina observes unexpected relationships, discovers the collision of cultural imagination and physical space. From the gaps that open after such collisions tiny seeds of social critique begin to sprout.

Laima Kreivytė