“National conscience” Marcinkevičius stirs emotions, national debate from beyond the grave

Justinas Marcinkevičius. Pauliaus Lileikio nuotr.

Diverging views on poetry has become an issue of a heated debate on history and censorship after Lithuania's minister of defence denied a state award to an author whose analysis of the Soviet past did not match the minister's own opinion. At the centre of the controversy is the poet Justinas Marcinkevičius whose name, for many, is synonymous with the country's independence movement.

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