- Paperback: 347 pages
- Publisher: Jogaila Publications; First Edition edition (May 29, 1999)
- ISBN-10: 0968537308
- ISBN-13: 978-0968537305
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,568,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Salutes For Your Surrender Paperback – May 29, 1999
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Just when it appeared that this book season might pass without any surprises along comes a first novel from a young Canadian upstart who goes by the single name Antanas. Its cover, all black with a gold hammer and sickle laid over a grey Swastika, was provocative enough, but it was the title, "No Salutes For Your surrender", that finally goaded me into picking it up.
I was piqued some more by the author's diatribe against Hemmingway on his acknowledgment page. Who could be so audacious as that? Before I had started reading I had it in for this Antanas guy, but by the time I finished the first chapter I knew that I was reading a fellow who is well on his way to becoming a literary force to be reckoned with.
He tells his story with the poise of a veteran novelist and his style is so distinctly European that I couldn't help wondering how he came by it. The answer may lie somewhere in the many allusions that he makes to the great works by Kafka, Conrad, Tolstoy and Hasek -- authors he has obviously studied at length, but his mesmerising voice seems so natural, so innate, that I must suspect it to be more simply a gift. No matter how he won his unique voice, one thing is certain: Antanas has arrived and he is here to stay. -- excerpt from Paul Marvin's review for Culture Magazine - Sept. 9/99
From the Publisher
"No Salutes For Your Surrender" is a literary achievement so intricate that one might never guess it to be Antanas' first novel. He uses every trick in the book to simultaneously deliver three tales - one of love, one of passage and one of deliverance - in the poignant telling of an old man's final campaign to preserve his integrity. All of this, harmonized masterfully by a voice so earnest as to utterly enthrall the reader, hints that Antanas may prove to be a novelist of the sort who comes along only once in a century and we at Jogaila Publications are very proud to have him in our "house".
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Firstly, though the specifics of the tale are from the Lithuanian perspective, it will appeal to all of those who have an interest in, or ties to, the war history of eastern Europe for it portrays, rather vividly, the particular horrors that both Hitler and Stalin had inflicted throughout the region. But more pertinent to everyone else is that this tale is much more of an enthralling show of how virtuous character can be won through nefarious exploits than it is a mere telling of an old warrior's deepest troubles and darkest secrets. By besieging the protagonist, Vince Oskaunas, throughout his quest to rescue his ailing father with a series of ethical conflicts that challenge conventional perceptions of how integrity is won, Antanas shows us that heroism is not necessarily a result of adherence to admirable duty, but more usually the natural consequence of mixing obstinacy with selfishness. Such is, I suspect, the author's subtle way of suggesting that everyone can be made into a hero in one way or another and here is precisely where his story becomes significant to all.
I look forward to more of the same from this author.