Mantas Balakauskas studied history at the Lithuanian Pedagogical University. He published his first book, Roma, in 2016. It won the Zigmas Gėlė Prize and was shortlisted for best poetry collection of the year. His poems have been translated into English, Russian, Italian, Slovenian, and Greek. His second poetry collection, Indignation, has just been released. In it he describes a person of the independence generation, now over thirty years old. It is a subdued attempt to rationalise the contemporary life of someone entirely from the independence period – a time when it seems there should be enough of everything, and yet what is felt is a strong lack of inner resources that would allow one to just live.