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The Discovery that Never Was

The Discovery that Never Was (Nenotikušais atklājums)

Illustrations by Author

— White Raven 2016

— the International Baltic Sea Region Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art

— the Jaunaudze Award for the best debut

— the 2016 Latvian Children’s Jury Award

Naturalist Karl Darwing is on his way to the letterbox where he hopes to find the latest issue of a scientific magazine, this time dedicated to the magical three-legged raven. For a moment, he is forced to hop on one leg: a snake has been hiding in his boot. On his way back Karl notices the footprints of a one-legged creature in the snow. As the naturalist attempts to follow the trail and make a discovery, he is surprised to find the number of footmarks increasing.
By the time Karl’s guesses go as far as a ten-legged space alien or five bandits, he decides that the potential discovery is best given up for now. The reader can have all the pleasure of getting to the bottom of things.

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv



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The Discovery that Never Was

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Nenotikušais atklājums

Authors

: Mārtiņš Zutis

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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32

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Cat’s Supper

Cat’s Supper (Runča vakariņas)

Illustrations by Dāvis Ozols

The adventures of a little girl named Baiba and her cat Muris begin at supper time when Baiba does not like her porridge. ‘Come along, I will treat you to something MUCH tastier, to something VERY tasty – to something I offer only to my friends,’ says the cat. Baiba follows the cat happily
because she is looking forward to the promised treats.
What are the delicious snacks offered by Muris?

Contacts: janis@apgadsmansards.lv, www.apgadsmansards.lv



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Cat’s Supper

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Runča vakariņas

Authors

: Ruta Svaža

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Mansards

Pages

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24

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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The Secret Celebration

The Secret Celebration (Slepenie svētki)

Illustrations by Reinis Pētersons

It’s the birthday of the big wardrobe closet. He celebrates his birthday at night when the guests bring him gifts and they have a wild party. So the parents shouldn’t be upset if the room is in a mess in the morning – it’s not the children’s fault!
Jānis Joņevs and Reinis Pētersons’ work is marked by cheerful irony and a sense for the grotesque. The celebrations of the furniture mirror the daily rituals of adults as imagined
and acted out by children.

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv



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The Secret Celebration

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Slepenie svētki

Authors

: Jānis Joņevs

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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40

Year

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2014

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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The Shammies’ Morning

The Shammies’ Morning (Lupatiņu rīts)

Illustrations by Reinis Pētersons

— The ‘Shammies’ project has received several awards in China, Latvia and USA. Films about the Shammies have been selected for 40 festivals all over the world

The Shammies are four little curious beings – Sockie, Mitten, Pillow and Hankie – who live in a colourful textile house. They already know how to play, but many exciting things are still to be discovered: how to share their toys with others, how to behave at the table and how to take a bath. Luckily the dear wise Mr Cat is always around to help.
The project features a series of short films and books. ‘The Shammies’ Morning’ is the story of the difficult jobs that the Shammies have to face every morning: how do you wake up yourself and awake the light? How do you sit down by the table if the chairs feel like galloping and twirling around? Is it better to behave like a sparrow or like a little goat? The story can be published like three separate picture books: ‘How the Shammies Woke Up’, ‘How the Shammies Behaved’ and ‘How the Shammies Sat Down by the Table’.
The first book published in the series is ‘How the Shammies Swapped’ (2011).

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv www.theshammies.com


Shammiesu0027 Morning_by_I.Zandere.pdf

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Title

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The Shammies’ Morning

Title*

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Lupatiņu rīts

Authors

: Inese Zandere

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs, Atom Art

Pages

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96

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Three Friends on the Coast of the Same River

Three Friends on the Coast of the Same River (Trīs draugi vienas upes krastā)

Illustrations by Juris Petraškevičs

Three friends – a Swedish horse, a German lobster and a Russian crow – decide to build a house together to live with their whole families. However, it turns out that they have a very different idea of the perfect house.
The illustrations help develop the child’s artistic taste; they are childish, playful and joyful, but never simple.

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv



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Three Friends on the Coast of the Same River

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Trīs draugi vienas upes krastā

Authors

: Inese Zandere

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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32

Year

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2014

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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The Toad Likes all the Colours

The Toad Likes all the Colours (Krupim patīk visas krāsas)

Book design by Elīna Bērziņa
Illustrations by Sarmīte Māliņa and Kristaps Kalns, Raimonds Staprāns, Edvards Grūbe, Rudīte Dreimane, Paulis Liepa, Rūdolfs Pinnis, Laila Bogustova

Baby’s First Art Book series featuring artworks by outstanding Latvian artists inspires to recognize different objects and learn the names of colours. Each spread is devoted to one colour whose character is revealed in the artwork. The book’s small size is especially handy for the little readers.

Contacts: inga@mula.lv,www.mula.lv



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The Toad Likes all the Colours

Title*

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Krupim patīk visas krāsas

Authors

: Baiba Grīnberga

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Droši un koši

Pages

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14

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Can the Back Row Hear Me?

Can the Back Row Hear Me? (Vai otrā grupa mani dzird?)

Illustrations by Anete Melece

— The Annual Latvian Literature Prize 2015 for Inga Gaile’s poems

— A Special Mention to Anete Melece at the 2015 International Baltic Book Art Contest for her illustrations and book design

— International Baltic Sea Region Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art 2015 (the Jury’s Special Mention)

The daily life of a family is like a point of intersection in which the daily events and relationships of children and adults meet up. This book is a similar point of intersection that can be read by adults as well as children of all ages.  Alongside her witty illustrations, Anete Melece has created games, exercises and colouring pages.
Contacts:  pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv


CanTheBackRowHearMe_by_I.Gaile.pdf

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Can the Back Row Hear Me?

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Vai otrā grupa mani dzird?

Authors

: Inga Gaile

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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64

Year

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2014

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Medicine Maddy and Other Hospital Nursery Rhymes

Medicine Maddy and Other Hospital Nursery Rhymes (Līze Analīze un citi slimnīcas skaitāmpanti )

Illustrations by Reinis Pētersons

— The Annual Prize for Literature 2013 for Inese Zandere’s poems

—  The National Book Art Contest Award ‘Golden Apple Tree’ 2013

— Latvian Children’s Jury Award 2013

The book offers a dose of positive ‘art therapy’: by looking at the pictures and reading or listening to the poems, young children can cope better with their fear of getting sick and medical treatments.  The illustrations by Reins Pētersons create a colourful and lively atmosphere, emphasising the element of play and humour in the poems. The hospital, as seen by the artist, is a place where life goes on, a place where there is room for some adventures and friendship.

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv


Medicine_Maddy_by_I.Zandere.pdf

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Medicine Maddy and Other Hospital Nursery Rhymes

Title*

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Līze Analīze un citi slimnīcas skaitāmpanti

Authors

: Inese Zandere

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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32

Year

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2012

Foreign rights

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Sold to Estonia

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Ucipuci Is Looking for Home

Ucipuci Is Looking for Home (Ucipuci meklē mājas)

Ilustrations by Evija Timma – Novika

Ucipuci the Owl is a sweet, friendly and interesting character. The adventure itself is exciting and even a little dangerous, with a fascinating intrigue about the ending. The book is interactive - the ending contains an integrated puppet theatre.


Contacts: ucipuci@ucipuci.lv, www.ucipuci.lv


UciPuci_by_Z.Zusta.pdf

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Ucipuci Is Looking for Home

Title*

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Ucipuci meklē mājas

Authors

: Zane Zusta

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Valters un Rapa

Pages

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43

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Rawrrr! or The Lion’s Roar

Rawrrr! or The Lion’s Roar (Rrrr! jeb Lauvas rūciens )

Ilustrations by Lina Dudaite

This book by the popular Latvian writer Juris Zvirgzdiņš was intended as a children’s story about animals, flowers and toys, speaking about serious matters like compassion, putting oneself into someone else’s shoes, solidarity and working together towards solving problems in an easy and lighthearted manner. The author does not instruct his reader or try to teach him a lesson – nor does the illustrator of the book, the renowned artist Lina Dudaite. It was her ideas that inspired the writer to create this book.


Contacts: mara.uljanova@petergailis.lv, www.petergailis.lv


LionsRoar_by_J.Zvirgzdins.pdf

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Rawrrr! or The Lion’s Roar

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Rrrr! jeb Lauvas rūciens

Authors

: Juris Zvirgzdiņš

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Pētergailis

Pages

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64

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Cat on Vacation

Cat on Vacation (Kaķis brīvdienās)

Illustrations by Aleksejs Naumovs

This collection of fairy tales is a wonderful collaboration between two artists much loved in Latvia. Observations of daily events turn into games, tales and contemporary legends in an easy and effortless way, broadening the child’s horizons. The book will suit the whole family: from toddlers just learning to speak to teenagers who love to speculate about life. The book can almost be seen as an exhibition with paintings of a small town and a metropolis with its suburbs, a sea wind blowing over the roofs, summer houses, parks, a castle and an opera house – all these are the places where the eleven fairy tales in this the collection are set.

Contacts: pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv

 


Cat_on_Vacation_by_I.Zandere.pdf

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Cat on Vacation

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Kaķis brīvdienās

Authors

: Inese Zandere

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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84

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Muffa: Story of the White Baby Rhinoceros

Muffa: Story of the White Baby Rhinoceros (Mufa)

Illustrations by Reinis Pētersons

— The National Book Art Contest Award ‘Golden Apple Tree’  2012

— Latvian Children’s Jury Award 2011

— White Raven 2012

The amazing story of a baby rhino’s travel from Northern Europe to Africa. Muffa is an orphan; zoo keeper Ibu assumes care for him. Soon Muffa learns to speak and read and hides from cold and heat by wrapping himself up in the newspapers he has read. Muffa speaks the HUMAN language: no matter which country the two friends end up in, Muffa understands everybody and everybody understands him. But when Muffa reaches Kenya where a huge variety of animals live on the lakeside, they are attacked by poachers.

Contacts:  pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv

 


Muffa_by_J.Zvirgzdins.pdf

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Title

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Muffa: Story of the White Baby Rhinoceros

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Mufa

Authors

: Juris Zvirgzdiņš

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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96

Year

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2011

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Have a Nice Day! Almost a Love Story

Have a Nice Day! Almost a Love Story (Have a nice day! Gandrīz mīlas stāsts )

Illustrations by Elīna Brasliņa

— The National Book Art Contest Award ‘Golden Apple Tree’  2015

The protagonist of the book is a boy who has lost his parents in a car accident. For four years he is tossed from one family of relatives to another like a football. The boy’s relatives do not need such a ‘retarded’ and ‘slow’ child. The boy is sent to a specialised establishment, after that – to an ordinary school, where, following countless complications, he finds his classmate`s friendship and his first love.

Contacts: mara.uljanova@petergailis.lv, www.petergailis.lv


Have_a_Nice_Day_by_J.Zvirzgdins.pdf

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Have a Nice Day! Almost a Love Story

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Have a nice day! Gandrīz mīlas stāsts

Authors

: Juris Zvirgzdiņš

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Pētergailis

Pages

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80

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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The Wild Pierogi

The Wild Pierogi (Mežonīgie pīrāgi)

Ilustrations by Māris Putniņš

— Nominated for Annual German Youth Literature Prize 2013

It is a strange world, inhabited by unusual folks: muffins, buns, biscuits, cookies, sausages, tortellini, croissants, hams and lot of other nations. But the best known among them are the wild pierogi with bacon stuffing, lead by their captain Mordan.  Four books have been published in the series: ‘The Wild Pierogi and the Dumpling Pot’ (2004); ‘The Wild Pierogi and Henry the Great’ (2005); The Wild Pierogi and the Stuffed Peppers’ (2007); ‘The Wild Pierogi and the Emperor’ (2015). The Wild Pierogi travel seas, explore countries and fight for their homeland; a number of new characters appear, including the Burritos; the Tacos; the Carrot Mummy, etc.

Contacts: kristine.kirkila@valtersunrapa.lv, www.valtersunrapa.lv



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The Wild Pierogi

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Mežonīgie pīrāgi

Authors

: Māris Putniņš

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Valters un Rapa

Pages

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560

Year

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2003

Foreign rights

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 sold to Germany, Lithuania, Russia

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The School of Living Wrong

The School of Living Wrong (Nepareizas dzīves skola)

Illustrations by Anete Melece

— The Annual Latvian Literature Award 2009

— Diploma for illustrations at the 3rd Tallinn Illustration Triennial in 2009

The book comprises nine stories dealing with the tiny daily catastrophe-filled life of a teenage girl named Mētra and her road to getting to know herself. Mētra lives in the real world, in a real environment. This is not a book of imaginary problems and pink princesses – rather a story of life in the Latvian countryside.

Contacts:  pasts@lielsmazs.lv, www.lielsmazs.lv

 


School of Living Wrong_by_M.Dobele.pdf

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The School of Living Wrong

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Nepareizas dzīves skola

Authors

: Maira Dobele

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Liels un mazs

Pages

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112

Year

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2008

Foreign rights

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sold to Lithuania

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Salty Pancakes

Salty Pancakes (Sāļās pankūkas)

Illustrations by Elīna Brasliņa

A spooky adventure story for school-aged children, set in the 1960s. If someone is as adventurous as Mārtiņš, trouble is never far away even in today’s world. However, at the time when the events described in the book took place, books held a more esteemed place in people’s lives – even when it came to choosing a life’s profession.

Contacts:  mara.uljanova@petergailis.lv, www.petergailis.lv


Salty_Pancakes_by_M.Rungulis.pdf

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Salty Pancakes

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Sāļās pankūkas

Authors

: Māris Rungulis

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Pētergailis

Pages

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108

Year

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2014

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Imago Master

Imago Master (Spēles meistars)

Christian is a 12 years old boy who lives an ordinary everyday life – until strange events start to happen. What is the matter with Mrs Folkmane, the nanny of Christian’s little sister? Christian and Marth are following Mrs Folkmane. Unbelievable things are discovered, and the children end up travelling to Iceland!


Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv, www.jumava.lv


Imago master _by_S.Kvaskova.pdf

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Imago Master

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Spēles meistars

Authors

: Signe Kvaskova

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Rīga, Jumava

Pages

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344

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Art Detectives

Art Detectives (Mākslas detektīvi)

Illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa

- International Baltic Sea Region Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art 2015

- Latvian Children’s Jury Award 2016                                          

The ‘Art Detectives’ series of detective stories for children invites them to explore behind-the-scenes of art and visit the adventure and mystery-filled world ‘on the other side’ of paintings. Can a work of art come alive? What would it be like to step inside paintings and experience the stories they tell? What are the mysteries that paintings hide? In this exciting series of adventure books, young detectives Theo, Button and Button’s dog – a fat dachshund named Comma follow the trail of art, investigating the mysteries behind some of the works of the greatest Latvian painters.

Contacts: dace@neputns.lv, www.neputns.lv


TheMissingMonkey_by_L.Pastore.pdf

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Art Detectives

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Mākslas detektīvi

Authors

: Luīze Pastore

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Neputns

Pages

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60

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Arrow, Star and Laï

Arrow, Star and Laï (Bulta, Zvaigzne un Laī)

Cover by Artūrs Bērziņš

Arrow, Star and Laee is a 29,000-word middle-grade fantasy novel. It is told from the perspective of three Stone Age adolescents: courageous, single-minded Castor; clever, scheming Neena and awkward, seemingly lazy Pelle, who—according to the tribe’s witch, Golden Snake—is a fairy child, unfit to become an adult and posing a threat to the entire tribe.

Contacts: Ms. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv, www.zvaigzne.lv


ArrowStarAndLaee_by_I.Melgalve.pdf

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Title

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Arrow, Star and Laï

Title*

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Bulta, Zvaigzne un Laī

Authors

: Ieva Melgalve

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

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160

Year

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2014

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Meeting in Time

Meeting in Time (Tikšanās laikā)

Cover by Artūrs Bērziņš

“Meeting in Time” is a tale of friendship, love, parting and growing up - and of the importance that an unexpected meeting might have. The story begins on a hot August day shortly before the heroine, Eleonora, is due to start her studies at the Krustpils High School. Together with her friends, she heads for the old stone wall of the church where they have a photo shoot and bid goodbye to the summer. The three friends notice a stranger sitting on the wall, watching them, and who remains completely dry and sunlit even when a sudden summer storm breaks out and drives the girls away.

Contacts: Ms.Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv, www.zvaigzne.lv


MeetingInTime_by_E.Eglite.pdf

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Title

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Meeting in Time

Title*

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Tikšanās laikā

Authors

: Elizabete Eglīte

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

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352

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Danse Macabre (Trilogy): The Dance with Death

Danse Macabre (Trilogy): The Dance with Death (Danse Macabre (triloģija): Deja ar nāvi )

Cover by Artūrs Bērziņš

It is the first book in the fantasy-steampunk trilogy ‘Danse Macabre’. London, 1869. Victoria Elligton’s only chance to discover the truth about the death of her father, the Archimagus of Great Britain, is to enter the Royal Academy of Magic. As soon as she turns 18, the girl travels to Upper London – the glorious city in the sky. Soon she is sucked into a whirlwind of conspiracies and secrets. Death and betrayal, sweet promises and cold calculation walk the halls of the Academy. The second and third titles of the trilogy are ‘Under Artificial Stars’ and ‘The Shards of Heaven’.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv, www.zvaigzne.lv


TheDanceWithDeath_by_L.Dreize.pdf

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Title

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Danse Macabre (Trilogy): The Dance with Death

Title*

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Danse Macabre (triloģija): Deja ar nāvi

Authors

: Laura Dreiže

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

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352

Year

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2015

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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Kristofers and the Order of Shadows

Kristofers and the Order of Shadows (Kristofers un Ēnu ordenis)

Illustrated by Artūrs Bērziņš

Kristofers is a common fourteen year old boy who lives in Riga, in a little basement flat with an elderly relative. Nobody, including himself, thinks the boy is someone special. But on the very last day of an equally common school year strange events start to happen around Kristofers. First, the boy on a bus trip to school is addressed by a weird man who is holding something which reminds of a… sewing machine. “Whatever happens, keep calm,” he advises. “The Order of Shadows will take care of you.” Kristofers has no idea whatsoever what this mystical Order of Shadows is and what it wants from him; he just wants to be left alone. But then the unexpected happens: after an unpleasant but quite ordinary fight with his bossy classmates in school cellar an unfamiliar car picks Kristofers up and a mad chase begins which takes the boy out of the places he knows... and, surprisingly, also out of the time he knows.Kristofers will travel both Rome and Paris, be involved with superhuman future technologies, travel in time, discover secrets kept by strange historic places in his native Riga and, above all! be forced to make friends with the unbearable red-headed know-it-all – his classmate Catherine.... But that is not nearly all – the real adventures are just about to begin!

Contacts: Ms.Bārbala Simsone barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv


KristofersAndTheOrderOfShadows_by_A.Jundze.pdf

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Title

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Kristofers and the Order of Shadows

Title*

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Kristofers un Ēnu ordenis

Authors

: Arno Jundze

Genre

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Children`s Book

Publisher

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Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

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302

Year

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2016

Foreign rights

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All languages available

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The Tale of the Maskatchka District

The Tale of the Maskatchka District (Maskačkas stāsts)

Illustrations by Reinis Pētersons

“The Tale of the Maskatchka District” is a 20,000 word, early-grade adventure story. It is told from the perspective of a young boy, Jacob Bird, who unexpectedly ends up living in Maskatchka, a notorious district of Riga steeped in legend. There, Jacob meets his uncle, an unemployed ex-sailor named Eagle, his unbearable cousin, Mimi and makes friends with the Boss of Maskatchka himself – a talking dog.  Together, they set about saving Maskatchka from being transformed into a slab of concrete like hundreds of other city districts full of shopping centres and skyscrapers. To save the district, they must overcome the evil Grand Master, Imant Scraper.

Contacts: dace@neputns.lv www.neputns.lv


TheTaleOfTheMaskatchkaDistrict_by_L.Pastore.pdf

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Title

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The Tale of the Maskatchka District

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Maskačkas stāsts

Authors

: Luīze Pastore

Genre

:

Children`s Book

Publisher

:

Neputns

Pages

:

128

Year

:

2013

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Monica and the Forest

Monica and the Forest (Monika un mežs)

Monica is ten years old and her whole family is a never-talking grandpa and a grouchy grandma. Monica loves to take a bath – but one day as she has finished bathing, the bath hole is acting strange. Monica barely realizes what happens when she is not in her bathroom anymore... Instead she finds herself in a grassy meadow, surrounded by a forest. An old woman – Forest Granny – greets Monica and tells that this place is called the Forest. Forest Granny reveals that due to an interaction between the two worlds – the Earth and the Forest – Monica’s grandma back home is not actually her real grandma. Instead her real grandma is lost somewhere in the Forest. Monica soon discovers that this Forest is not at all like the forests back home and is full of strange animals – like puffball creatures that look like huge puffballs and are dashing through the woods screaming in high-pitched voices. Soon they learn that there are three more grandmas wandering about the Forest. Forest Granny makes an amazing discovery – she realizes that Monica possesses a special power called „the Eye” – which allows the girl to see things and places just by thinking about them. Forest Granny is thrilled and hopes that this will help them find the grandmas.

Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv www.jumava.lv


MonicaAndTheForest_by_S.Kvaskova.pdf

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Title

:

Monica and the Forest

Title*

:

Monika un mežs

Authors

: Signe Kvaskova

Genre

:

Children`s Book

Publisher

:

Jumava

Pages

:

436

Year

:

2002

Fiction

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Moon Theatre

Moon Theatre (Mēness teātris)

In an enormous theatre on many stages there are theatre performances all happening at the same time. The actors don’t have their own identity outside of their stage lives, and no other objective than just to get the chance for a better part and try to not get on the playrights’ blacklists. Who are these playwrights, who is the audience, and do they really exist? No one knows (although a few of them – the inquisitive young Lapsa, for example – tries to find out). One of the book’s central roles – an Actor who doesn’t have his own name – desperately tries to take part in the scenarios presented to him, but each time he tries to play his role honestly, it becomes more and more bizarre, tearing down the border between performance and truth. Similarly, the Mime – one of the androids equipped with artificial intelligence who maintains order in the theatre world – tries to play the role of guardian for the actors. However, as the Mime gradually awakens to a consciousness that becomes his own, he can no longer react to what is happening in the theatre without emotion. Perhaps they could continue to play their parts if the planned performances weren’t shaken by a resistance movement trying to realise the Actor’s identity behind the scenes and possibly even do away with the theatre’s power altogether. Yet their road isn’t easy – the idealistic Malda, who’s expecting a child, can no longer separate true love from performed love, and the tricky Gurds, sensing imminent danger to the movement, tries to make a scapegoat out of the egotistical Vladi, who in turn has landed himself a good part, no longer wanting to resist the existing order…

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv


Sample_translation_MoonTheater.pdf

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Title

:

Moon Theatre

Title*

:

Mēness teātris

Authors

: Ieva Melgalve

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

320

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Santa Biblia

Santa Biblia (Santa Biblia)

“The protagonists of Santa Biblia are Tūrs, Levs and Nīma, who is also the narrator. The prototype for Nīma is clearly Mary, and the prototype for Levs is Joseph. They are on a mission to save the world: to find and destroy a microchip plant which produces microcircuits for controlling people and installing a certain kind of personality programme in them. In the course of the novel, the protagonists visit twelve stations, which may represent an analogy with the Catholic Stations of the Cross (albeit there are fourteen of those, each dedicated to a meditation on the passion of Jesus Christ). With the help of a talking, inexhaustible rucksack, the young people fulfil their mission encountering various illustrations to the decadence, animal nature and sins of mankind at a certain time and place. The location where the novel unfolds is abstract and unspecified, it resembles time tunnels and encompasses various regions. References to the Bible and Christianity dominate in the novel and they are intertwined with history: there is a Casper Hauser prototype from the 19th century, the hedonism of the ancient Romans, skyscrapers, and neutralization of the brain among other things.” (Literary critic Kristine Karklina)

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv, www.dgramata.lv


Santa_Biblia_by_I.Zolude.pdf

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Title

:

Santa Biblia

Title*

:

Santa Biblia

Authors

: Inga Žolude

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2013

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Five Fingers

Five Fingers (Pieci pirksti)

Five Fingers was the winner of the 2013 Annual Latvian Literature Award for Best
Prose. It is a fictionalised childhood memoir in which the author describes her family's return from Siberia in the 1950s and life in Latvia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In terms of quality, the book matches the best of Latvian autobiographical literature, including the trilogy Bille by Vizma Belševica.


“Up to now, Zālīte has been best known as a poet and playwright. [.. ] Poetry and drama are present in Five Fingers as well; the best of the writing in the book involves a combination of precise poetic details and dramatic purposefulness up to the very end where the protagonist Laura promises to fulfil the wish expressed by her grandfather before his death – to give his wedding ring to his son Reinis who has disappeared without a trace after being deported to Siberia “once he returns.” That means that she takes on the task to remember. The five fingers is a metaphor for the apple tree, in the branches of which Laura sets up a perch, and a metaphor for God’s hand; it is also the fingers of Jewish opera singer Asia broken during an interrogation by the Cheka [..]. The repressive instrument, the ubiquitous Cheka, has been generalized as an absolute evil in the character of the Ogre, at the same time not paying much heed to political correctness, which is that other enemy of freedom.” (Egīls Zirnis, Kdiena)

Contacts: Mrs. Aija Rozenšteine, aija@apgadsmansards.lv www.apgadsmansards.lv


FiveFingers_By_M.Zalite.pdf

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Title

:

Five Fingers

Title*

:

Pieci pirksti

Authors

: Māra Zālīte

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Mansards

Pages

:

304

Year

:

2013

Foreign rights

:

Sold to Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia

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In the Shadow of Rooster Hill

In the Shadow of Rooster Hill (Gaiļu kalna ēnā)

In the Shadow of Rooster Hill was shortlisted for the 2014 Annual Latvian Literature Award.
It is 1905 in Riga – the Russian Tsar is slowly losing power over his vast empire, and the city is being rocked by worker riots, violence and pogroms. Revolution is in the air. Pitting brother against brother, the chaos forces people to choose a side. Among this upheaval, a former schoolteacher becomes involved in the revolution, but soon realizes that war will take much more than he is willing to give. The following year, a dramatic kidnapping of three children has Riga’s police on edge. Who did it? What was their motive? The answer will shatter the lives of two families, as they struggle to understand who is guilty in a revolution where all sides are victims.


Award-winning Latvian author Osvalds Zebris weaves a powerful tale of a country’s desire to become free against the backdrop of the 1905 Revolution in Tsarist Russia, an event that gave birth to some of the most dramatic events in the 20th century.

Full translation in English is available.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


InTheShadowOfRoosterHill_By_O.Zebris.pdf

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Title

:

In the Shadow of Rooster Hill

Title*

:

Gaiļu kalna ēnā

Authors

: Osvalds Zebris

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2014

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Bogene

Bogene (Bogene)

In her latest novel, Bogene, Gundega Repše sheds light on events that until now had received only pointed silence. Therein lies the symbolic gesture of Bogene: to address the subject instantly, directly, and first-hand. Only then does the author let her readers regain their footing and gather up the threads of information.This is how we can come to understand the inner workings of silence. There’s no single answer – just like with speech, silence is both a strength and a weakness. The opposing side consist of the victim and salvation. One of the main purposes is to articulate and express feelings that have been repressed for so long – and to reveal the violence and suffering for what they were: visceral, corporeal, immediate and in shocking contrast to the clear vision and soaring spirit always looking to the future.


Lote is on a train headed east in the sweltering summer of 1941. She remembers the past, but forbids herself to think about it, much less talk about it. Lote spirals into silence, shifting the trajectory of her life from a future where she experiences new love, hopes and dreams, to the present, the now, inwardly – to life, existence, expressing herself only in the simple and basic phrases she needs to survive. The minimalism of living, keeping your mouth shut and helping others – this is the world according to Lote, a mute and broken existence, an unlikely victim. Repše has portrayed her protagonist with subdued compassion, refraining from exaggeration and drama, yet still articulating the long-silenced suffering by giving it greater meaning.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


Bogene_By_G.Repse.pdf

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Title

:

Bogene

Title*

:

Bogene

Authors

: Gundega Repše

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

200

Year

:

2016

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Mother's Milk

Mother's Milk (Mātes piens)

Mother’s Milk was shortlisted for the 2015 Annual Latvian Literature Award. The novel deals with the post-war period and follows the destinies of three generations of women, with the narrative focused mostly on the 1970s and 1980s. The mother, whose own mother has raised her without her real father, is a talented gynecologist who cannot accept the narrow space allotted to the individual by communist ideology. During her residency in Leningrad, she successfully – and in secret – performs an artificial insemination procedure on a young Russian woman, but the woman loses the child in a confrontation with the woman’s brutal husband, who is a war veteran. The path to science is now blocked for the talented doctor and she is reassigned to workin a small country village. She takes along her daughter, who is now deprived of the loving care of her grandparents. The doctor suffers from clinical depression, placing the burden of everyday life on her young daughter’s shoulders. The daughter too has to live with the inborn hostility of the system and, through the prism of her emotions, the turbulent events of the 1980s: the dismissal of a free-thinking teacher, the Chernobyl disaster, the death of several Soviet leaders, and the ensuing reform movements. The doctor’s daughter grows up, going through unexpected twists and turns of betrayal. The novel is about abandonment – of a husband and father, of dreams and hopes, of work and point of views, of friends and loved ones. This path of suffering is made lighter by a motif of forgiveness: the daughter, who helps her mother survive, was not given milk from her mother’s breast as a child, as the mother fears that by drinking her milk, her daughter might inherit her suffering and despair. The novel ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall – a breath of fresh air and freedom that the mother never wanted to see.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


MothersMilk_By_N.Ikstena.pdf

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Title

:

Mother's Milk

Title*

:

Mātes piens

Authors

: Nora Ikstena

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

Sold to United Kingdom

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Words Were Of No Use

Words Were Of No Use (Vārdiem nebija vietas)

Words Were of No Use was shortlisted for the 2015 Annual Latvian Literature Award.
It is 1913 in the coastal city Ventspils, where the first motion picture made in Latvia, called Kur
patiesība? (Where Is Justice?) is being shot. A man with “golden hands” named Rudolf Tush and who is unafraid of any type of labour, finds himself joining the film crew by accident and begins building set decorations and doing other menial tasks. Nobody has the slightest idea that this man has a few well-hidden sinister passions. For example, he loves fire, gaining extraordinary amounts of joy from watching buildings burn to the ground, a fact confirmed by his reputation during the 1905 Revolution when he actively participated in burning down manors and castles. Tush has another peculiarity – he is mute. To be more precise, he has the ability to speak, but after a rather foolish encounter with a Kazakh military patrol in 1905, he made a decision to stop speaking entirely. One night, after hearty carousing in a local drinking establishment and watching his first-ever pornographic movie, he accidentally kills someone, and is forced to flee. The story then is transported to 1915. The First World War is raging. Tush is by no means a patriot or fond of the Russian empire, but he is happy about the war, seeing numerous opportunities to profit from it. He experiences combat in 1916, and at one point finds himself on a battlefield where everyone has died following a German gas attack. He runs into the same film crew he had worked with. The film crew had been thinking about making a film about the end of the world and believe authentic corpses would be great for the film. Tush begins planning his bright and happy future, but luck is once again not on his side. Tush is a character with a hidden darkness inside him; he is the kind of small-minded individual that, though he is entirely apolitical by nature, makes war possible at all.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv


WordsWereOfNoUse_by_G.Berelis.pdf

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Title

:

Words Were Of No Use

Title*

:

Vārdiem nebija vietas

Authors

: Guntis Berelis

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

252

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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18

18 (18)

18 was shortlisted for the 2014 Annual Latvian Literature Award.
It is autumn 1918. The war is supposed to be over (the truce between Germany and the Entente was signed on 11 November), but it is not. On 18 November 1918, Riga and Courland are under the Germans. Amongst all this chaos, destruction, hopelessness and mortal danger, a small group of Latvians got together in the middle of an occupied city and founded their own national state, something which would have seemed impossible even a year earlier. “Every year, on the 18th of November, we fly the Latvian flag, solemn official events take place and people celebrate with their families and friends – perhaps less solemnly but certainly with more true feeling. It’s not surprising that nowadays the date 18 November, 1918 seems to have been a great celebration of the birth of the Latvian nation. And it hardly occurs to anyone that at that time there were hardly very many celebrants. (..) The diary form became a natural medium in the novel: one writer is an eyewitness of the events of 1917–1918, whereas the other is our contemporary. One of them can only guess not just at what the next day will bring but even at the events taking place around him, whereas the other encounters not knowing as he tries to understand the past and its relation to today’s reality.” (From the afterword by the author).

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv


18_by_P.Bankovskis.pdf

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Title

:

18

Title*

:

18

Authors

: Pauls Bankovskis

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2014

Foreign rights

:

Sold to United Kingdom

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Taste of Lead

Taste of Lead (Svina garša)

The Taste of Lead was the winner of the 2015 Baltic Assembly Prize and of the 2015 Annual Latvian Literature Award.


Latvian writer and literary critic Ilze Jansone had this to say about the book: “Matīss, the main character created by Māris Bērziņš for his new novel, is not a war hero of any kind. He is an everyman who only gradually comes to realize what it means for him to belong to a certain nation, a young lad with the same desires as any other boy of his age has had throughout human history. Quite in line with many classical literary works having a historical focus, Matīss’s ordinariness is precisely where the power of this novel can be said to reside. He is devoid of jingoism; the only engine driving him is his natural human need to enjoy his youth undisturbed and gradually find his ground, which is why his actions are not premeditated and derive from a simple love for all humankind. Māris Bērziņš’ novel could be seen as quite an extraordinary landmark in the literary landscape of Latvia, as its author has underlined themes that have not garnered particular attention thus far. The kinds of detail that has been predominant in Latvian works on the Second World War have been descriptions of battles, memories concerning legionnaires, the Siege of Kurzeme, the deportations, and the second period of Soviet occupation or, largely, the war activity and descriptions of the Communist regime, possibly due to the fact that it impacted Latvia for a longer period of time and with farther-reaching consequences than the German occupation. The horror and absurdity of the communist regime are described by Māris Bērziņš in precise detail pertaining to that initial period of occupation, in a spare and refined writing style, concluding the story with a narrative account of the occupation by the National Socialists.”

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv


TasteOfLead_by_M.Berzins.pdf

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Title

:

Taste of Lead

Title*

:

Svina garša

Authors

: Māris Bērziņš

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

344

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Dust in the Hourglass

Dust in the Hourglass (Putekļu smilšu pulkstenī)

Dust in the Hourglass was shortlisted for the 2014 Annual Latvian Literature Award.
A naive young man dreams of a romantic future with a door open to endless possibilities, but ends up in Afghanistan in the hell of war where he is forced to do almost anything to salvage any semblance of a future. However in this future, it will be easier to kill than to love. A Lutheran minister, who is a Gulag survivor, serves only God, because the villagers often avoid even saying hello to him. A talented researcher at the turn of the millennium is dreaming about a career in science, but in order to support his family, he ends up selling tractors. A once famous journalist, who is now an addict, is excited about having gotten the scoop of his career without realizing that he is being played by the secret service. There are echoes from witch trials, death and love in Paris, a walk into the realm of silence and fragments of overheard phone conversations, secretly copied letters and text messages that the reader has to put together like pieces of a puzzle.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv
www.zvaigzne.lv


DustInTheHourglass_by_A.Jundze.pdf

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Title

:

Dust in the Hourglass

Title*

:

Putekļu smilšu pulkstenī

Authors

: Arno Jundze

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

272

Year

:

2014

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Dance on a Tightrope

Dance on a Tightrope (Dancis uz Virves)

The significance in Latvian history of the years described in Zvirgzdiņš’ novel Dance on a Tightrope has not yet been fully understood. The narrative of the novel takes place in a Riga apartment in 1939, a short while before the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by Germany and USSR, which divided the world as if the countries were toy building blocks. The protagonists in the novel are not heroes of their era but the most average of everyday people – each with their own story, fated to be lived through in the pages of the book under circumstances dictated by war. The protagonists are of various ethnic origins, besides Latvians there are also Germans, Russians, Jews and Poles in the narrative. Zvirgzdiņš shows how, with the change of regimes, people also change. Their lives become a true dance on a tightrope or finding oneself on the edge of a knife blade. Haralds, the ever helpful Mrs. Olga, Miss Stege the dentist, the efficient Amēlia or Amītis, the artist and free-thinker Kalnavārna, Eidis, who is able to adjust to any time-period, including wartime, the Jewish girl Ida, whom the author has provided with the opportunity in the novel’s epilogue to unite with Eidis and to return to a once-more-independent Latvia in the 1990s from their home of many years, New York. The author develops the plot of the novel unusually swiftly for Latvian literature. One scene quickly follows another; the many dialogues virtually allow the reader to take part in conversations. And, as is characteristic for Zvirgzdiņš – throughout so much that is tragic, from the many years of Soviet occupation, the arrival of the Nazis in Riga, the fleeing to exile from one’s homeland – the author’s characteristic humour permeates this work. In describing the novel, one can call it grotesque, farcical, or sentimental, but it doesn’t speak of what is most significant, which is that the unique style of Zvirgzdins is unlike any other in European literature.

Contacts: Mrs. Inguna Cepīte, petergailis@apollo.lv
www.petergailis.lv


DanceOnATightRope_by_J.Zvirgzdins.pdf

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Title

:

Dance on a Tightrope

Title*

:

Dancis uz Virves

Authors

: Juris Zvirgzdiņš

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Pētergailis

Pages

:

188

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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High tide

High tide (Paisums)

High Tide was the winner of the 2008 Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature and the 2008 Annual Latvian Literature Award.
The novel High Tide addresses the question of why we are so dependent on the past, even when it has turned us into someone else.
In the beginning they were two. They have no values, no horizontals and verticals, and have to create values by themselves. They crack jokes like if something bad happens, they’ll help each other die. And then something bad does happen. The boy gets sick, and the girl has to kill him. This “killing” turns out to be completely different from what you see in movies or on stage. Everything turns out to be false, awkward, and horrible.
Time goes on. One day the middle-aged woman realizes she no longer knows if what happened so long ago really happened. What were those two people who once lived together? Who was that girl who killed her friend? Did he even exist if she only remembers him a couple times a year? She has nobody to talk to about it. That’s why she writes, searching for an answer to the question: How many lives do we live in a single lifetime? By writing, she searches for the path to her former self. There is a high tide and a low tide: when you are in one, then you can understand the other.
The plot of the novel is both real and imagined. The crime is also a symbol of the suicide we commit after each stage of our lives, in search of an answer to the question: What is it that continues to live?

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv



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Title

:

High tide

Title*

:

Paisums

Authors

: Inga Ābele

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

289

Year

:

2008

Foreign rights

:

Sold to United States, Sweden

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Jelgava 94

Jelgava 94 (Jelgava 94)

Jelgava ’94 was a winner of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature and the 2013 Annual
Latvian Literature Award for BestDebut.
Joņevs’s debut proved to be a real hit in Latvia. The story takes place in a town called Jelgava and centres around the rather short-lived craze for heavy metal music in the 1990s. The reader is given a look at this world from the inside – the text is both an intimate diary of a youngster trying to find himself by joining a subculture as well as a skilful, detailed and almost documentary
depiction of recent history, i.e. the beginnings of Latvia that had just regained independence.
The story seems even more captivating for that generation sharing the same perception of the world – Joņevs is the first among them who has managed to stir their memories by transforming the images of the period into full-fledged literature.

Contacts: Mrs. Aija Rozenšteine, aija@apgadsmansards.lv www.apgadsmansards.lv


Jelgava94_by_J.Jonevs.pdf

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Title

:

Jelgava 94

Title*

:

Jelgava 94

Authors

: Jānis Joņevs

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Mansards

Pages

:

312

Year

:

2013

Foreign rights

:

Rights sold to France, Norway, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland and Slovenia.

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Time in Reverse

Time in Reverse (Pulkstenis ar atpakaļgaitu)

It’s 1919 in Latvia, a period of history brought to life by the master of the Latvian detective genre, Andris Kolbergs, with the expressive colours, flavourd, and scents of that time. A reckless yet cunning burglary targetting a jeweler, a freshly independent Latvia and the people defending it, the charm of Riga and its outlying areas,  riflemen, the Bermondt Affair, first love, corrupt cops, and the passions of the bordello, with a thrilling crime making the novel one that will completely capture your attention.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


Time_in_Reverse_by_A.Kolbergs.pdf

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Title

:

Time in Reverse

Title*

:

Pulkstenis ar atpakaļgaitu

Authors

: Andris Kolbergs

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

293

Year

:

2011

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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The Debt Collectors

The Debt Collectors (Parādu piedzinēji)

Worried about the increasingly tense relationship of their parents, little
sister Krista calls her brother Ritvars in Birmingham, where he has been
working for several years and asks him to come home. When Ritvars
arrives to his native Riga, he finds out the painful truth: their father
has been unable to cover their bank loan, and the Leidums family is
on the brink of losing their mortgaged flat. Ritvars understands that
he needs to do something to help … This novel abounds in everything
to capture readers’ attention – an engaging plot, exciting chases, the
criminal underworld, bankers and entrepreneurs, friendship and love,
lies and betrayal, greed and honour. The action takes the reader to
Spain, the UK and Latvia in a fast-paced thriller that is sure to keep up
the suspense until the very end.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv


The_Debt_Collectors_by_A.Bukss.pdf

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Title

:

The Debt Collectors

Title*

:

Parādu piedzinēji

Authors

: Aldis Bukšs

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

309

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Rainis and His Brothers

Rainis and His Brothers (Rainis un viņa brāļi)

The title of the biographical novel Rainis and His Brothers. The Seven
Lives of A Poet is more than just a melodramatic literary device. The
life of Rainis, Latvia’s preeminent poet, dramatist, statesman and
thinker evolved in such a way that on numerous occasions his literary
and political work brought him to the brink of almost total collapse,
after which he was forced time and time again to start his life over. There
was no need for him to wait for or invent complexities in his life – it
was as if the plot for a story of epic proportions was laid out right before
him. It was a case where fact was indeed stranger than fiction.
The focus of the novel rests on the lives of people who had a profound influence on the
20th century, as the reader is taken up in a whirlwind of dramatic events that changed the
course of history.

Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv www.jumava.lv


Rainis_and_His_Brothers_by_R.Dobrovenskis.pdf

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Title

:

Rainis and His Brothers

Title*

:

Rainis un viņa brāļi

Authors

: Roalds Dobrovenskis

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Jumava

Pages

:

655

Year

:

1999

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Farewell, Atlantis!

Farewell, Atlantis! (Ardievu, Atlantīda!)

Farewell to Atlantis was the winner of the 2010 Annual Latvian Literature Award.

In her memoir, film scholar Valentīna Freimane (together with Gunta Strautmane) talks
about pre-war Paris and Berlin, about legendary film stars she has seen close up, and about regular trips as a teenager from Riga to Berlin and back. Going back to her childhood and early youth memories, the author describes the various environments in which she grew up: the high-finance bourgeoisie and artists’ milieu of Paris and Berlin, and particularly their film world with personalities well known from the history of cinema; the Riga Jewish, Baltic German and Belarusian circles and their lifestyles, as well as schools in Berlin and Riga. It is then she depicts the collapse, destruction and annihilation of all of this during the years 1940–1945, along with the particular culture that was characteristic of people in this part of the world. She has endeavored to provide her outlook as a child and a teenager without projecting an analysis of events that comes in the latter stages of one’s life, and to memorialize those people who, endangering their own lives, helped her and gave her shelter during the Holocaust in German-occupied Latvia. Her memoir encompasses an unusual variety of national, social, geographical and cultural milieus in the 1920s and 1930s up to 1945, which marks the end of the war and the beginning of the long-term Soviet occupation of Latvia.

Contacts: Stefan Diezman, s.diezmann@wallstein-verlag.de
www.wallstein-verlag.de



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Title

:

Farewell, Atlantis!

Title*

:

Ardievu, Atlantīda!

Authors

: Valentīna Freimane

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Atēna

Pages

:

380

Year

:

2010

Foreign rights

:

Sold to Germany and Lithuania

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Santa Monica. The Arkhangelsk Oblast

Santa Monica. The Arkhangelsk Oblast (Santamonika, Arhangeļskas apg)

Santa Monica. The Arkhangelsk Oblast is Viks’s most recent book, which encapsulates his life between the beginning of 1962 and July 1964, a period when he served in the Soviet army. Despite the story having taken place more than fifty years ago, he paints a vivid picture of the people, events and situations he saw there. He was helped in this not only thanks to the letters he exchanged with his family, but also his memories of those times which made such a lasting, visceral impression on him. Viks has said that he drew inspiration from the fact that the experience was akin to suddenly finding himself in a parallel world, his previous knowledge of which had merely been gleaned from science fiction books. Unlike fiction, however, it was all for real.

Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv
www.jumava.lv


Santa_Monica_by_Viks.pdf

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Title

:

Santa Monica. The Arkhangelsk Oblast

Title*

:

Santamonika, Arhangeļskas apg

Authors

: Viktors Kalniņš

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Jumava

Pages

:

374

Year

:

2015

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March of the Clowns in the Market of Horrors

March of the Clowns in the Market of Horrors (Klaunu maršs šausmu tirgū)

March of the Clowns in the Market of Horrors (2011) – which can be also read
as a standalone work, this book is the sequel to the wonderful yet gripping
historical detective novel Time in Reverse. Twenty years have passed,
the Second World War is raging, and Latvia’s independence has been
extinguished. The same heroes – grey-haired jeweler Mendels Davidsons
and his children, rifleman Ēriks Vāls and his beloved Hanna languishing
in distant Germany, the refugee Alma and the skillful merchant Izraels
Šermanis appear along with many others once more on a stage set by
historical events. The Nazis rule Latvia, the Jews have been driven into the
ghetto, and everyone is desperate to stay alive. The heavy burden of the
last years has pushed Latvia’s people to a breaking point, exposing and
bringing their true qualities into clearer focus – qualities which in more
peaceful times would have stayed hidden. A time of chaos and destruction
when jealousy, hatred, lust, and a thirst for glory go hand in hand with true
sacrifice and love.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane,
dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv



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Title

:

March of the Clowns in the Market of Horrors

Title*

:

Klaunu maršs šausmu tirgū

Authors

: Andris Kolbergs

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

444

Year

:

2011

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black (Sieviete melnā)

The Woman in Black (2011) is the final volume of the trilogy devoted to Latvia’s history in the 20th
century. Time in Reverse and March of the Clowns in the Market of Horrors told the story of the birth of Latvia and the Second World War, while this book introduces the reader to the day-to-day
realities of Soviet life. Former guerrilla fighters, Soviet veterans with memories of the front, rigged elections, and a young policeman who knows nothing of the culture or life during Latvia’s interwar independence, but still wants more than anything to find love and have recognition at work...however it is then that a mysterious woman in black appears, who brings with herself not just bad luck but also a giant diamond. The apple-green diamond has been moving for
years from owner to owner, and as diamonds do, leaving in its wake dead bodies
and ruined lives. Who will become the owner of this priceless stone? And what use
is it in a country where the only real wealth exists in good relations with the party
elite?
Irony, extensive historical knowledge, and the ability to join events together into
a thrilling and attention-grabbing tale are the reasons why Andris Kolbergs is
deservedly called the master of the Latvian crime genre.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane,
dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv
www.dgramata.lv



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Title

:

The Woman in Black

Title*

:

Sieviete melnā

Authors

: Andris Kolbergs

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

320

Year

:

2011

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life (Dzīves svinēšana)

Celebration of Life is a novel about a peculiar woman named
Eleonora has invited seven colourful people to her own
funeral. Eleonora is peacefully laid to rest, but during the
night following the funeral, these seven people, seven ghosts
from the past, share their memories of Eleonora, with the
stories serving as the book’s “celebration of life.” In sharing
their memories about Eleonora, the storytellers wander about
in space and time, embarking upon expeditions to distant
metaphysical places.
Reading Nora Ikstena’s novel is, first and foremost, an aesthetic
experience. Its tone is serious, nostalgic, strangely unreal, and
beautifully wise. One can sense a slight trace of decadently
refined and capricious yearning towards making her works
aesthetic, an element that also features strongly in her stories.

Contacts: Nora Ikstena, ikstena@apollo.lv



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Title

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Celebration of Life

Title*

:

Dzīves svinēšana

Authors

: Nora Ikstena

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Atēna

Pages

:

120

Year

:

1998

Foreign rights

:

Sold to Sweden, Estonia, Georgia and Denmark

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Dukts

Dukts (Dukts)

Dukts is his only book-length publication. It is an exemplarywork of postmodernism, in which influences as wide ranging as Kharms, Kafka, Barthelme and Latvian nonsense poet Ņurbulis intermingle to create a unique blend of literature about nothing. Perhaps fittingly, after Dukts came out, which was soon followed by the short story Fairy Tale No. 13 (Pasaka Nr. 13), He has not published any other work since, and has abstained from talking publicly about his writing. However Dukts is one of the very few books with staying power from that heady era in Latvian literature when authors immersed themselves in all that had been previously forbidden or unwelcome. In 2014 the book was republished, and the book is being enthusiastically discussed yet again at universities and dorm rooms all over Latvia. The book offers a kaleidoscopic mixture of characters, ideas and wordplay, mostly centred on the concept of “Dukts” – a word with no real meaning in Latvian. As the narrator says in the book: “The essence of Dukts (although as of yet we’re not sure what it actually is) can be best portrayed by a single infinitely long, over-exposed film, which has to be seen instantaneously to be understood.” The book then details all the futile historical attempts to define or comprehend Dukts before showing the concept in practice with a brilliant series of surreal short stories.

Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv www.jumava.lv


Dukts_by_A.Ozolins.pdf

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Title

:

Dukts

Title*

:

Dukts

Authors

: Aivars Ozoliņš

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Jumava

Pages

:

251

Year

:

2014

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Insomnia

Insomnia (Bezmiegs)

The novel Insomnia takes place in a block of flat in 1960s Soviet Latvia, and revolves around the main character Eduards Dārziņš and a woman named Dina, who he spots one night outside running near his building. Visibly shaken, he invites her into his flat, where she promptly falls asleep. She is like this for some time. After waking up, they begin to talk, and finds out more about her, which leads him on a journey through her often difficult life, which only raises more questions for Dārziņš. The story then switches to the 13th century during a time that the Teutonic Knights are vying for control of the Baltic. Soldiers and ordinary people that can be understood to be the beginnings of the Latvian nation are forced to make a decision on their future fate – to fight for their freedom against the knights, or assimilate with their aggressors. The novel then oscillates between these two parallel plots, weaving a tale of humanity in the face of almost impossible odds, and the desire to control one’s destiny amidst the most oppressive of regimes.

Contacts: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv www.jumava.lv


Insomnia_by_A.Bels.pdf

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Title

:

Insomnia

Title*

:

Bezmiegs

Authors

: Alberts Bels

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Jumava

Pages

:

142

Year

:

2003

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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You Can`t Get All You Want

You Can`t Get All You Want (Tu nevari dabūt visu, ko gribi)

 

In 2016, the novel You Can`t Get All You Want was nominated for the Annual Latvian Literature Award. It is a melancholy, yet mirthful tale of the human fate as perceived by the everyman. It is a story of young people, easy to empathize with, desperately struggling not to become yet another lost generation. The novel centres around love and death, search for the meaning of life, and inability to adapt oneself to the contemporary society.

The central characters are four friends: a dilettante artist Pepin, Sophie who works at an erotic massage parlour, a crematorium stoker Willy, and Betty, a poet. They spend a summer together wandering around Riga and talking about life. The plot is triggered by the sudden disappearance of Sophie’s mother. Everybody joins the search, simultaneously searching for their own selves, for love and their place in life. Eventually it turns out Sophie’s mother has pawned her soul and then hanged herself. In the course of the novel, Pepin tries to settle his difficult relationship with his father. He fails since his father, ill with cancer, sells his body to an Exhibition of Bodies, is taken to Switzerland and euthanized. Sophie and Pepin, who is madly in love with her, are forced to emigrate, and their ways part. In the meantime, Willy, who initially was a misogynist, forms a family with Betty, having burned her former lover alive in the crematorium furnace.

Contacts: Mr. Vladis Spāre, vladis.spare@gmail.com


YouCan`tGetAllYouWant_By_V.Spare.pdf

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Title

:

You Can`t Get All You Want

Title*

:

Tu nevari dabūt visu, ko gribi

Authors

: Vladis Spāre

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

400

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Bergs, The Relics hunters

Bergs, The Relics hunters (Bergs & relikviju mednieki)

The main character, Ronalds Bergs, returns at long last to his native Riga. His life to date has been spent firstly as a professional basketball player and then as bodyguard to a Russian oligarch; he was shot in the line of duty and is still recovering from his injury. It’s high time for him to embark on a more peaceful life! In a department store, he runs into a former schoolmate. The two of them used to be inseparable and decide their chance encounter deserves a celebratory drink. Bergs learns that his old friend is now a professor and research scientist, working on an international, European project investigating old maps and researching ancient castle mounds and buildings.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv, www.zvaigzne.lv


BergsTheRelicsHunters_by_A.Jundze.pdf

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Title

:

Bergs, The Relics hunters

Title*

:

Bergs & relikviju mednieki

Authors

: Arno Jundze

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

352

Year

:

2016

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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The Cattle Express

The Cattle Express (Lopu ekspresis)

In “The Cattle Express”, Tom Crosshill (Toms Kreicbergs) moves away from his usual genre of science fiction towards recent history of Latvia. The novel unites seemingly incompatible times and spaces: Latvia in the mid 20th century, dominated by occupation, war, deportations, fear and poverty, and the 21st century New York – the Wall Street banks, money and more money, and ambitious young life full of possibilities. Two people metaphorically meet across time – Laura, a young country girl suffering in exile in Siberia, and her grandson Peter who has arrived to the Wall Street jungle carrying both high ambitions and the post-Soviet heritage in his heart.



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Title

:

The Cattle Express

Title*

:

Lopu ekspresis

Authors

: Tom Crosshill

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

336

Year

:

2016

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Warm Earth

Warm Earth (Silta zeme)

Book cover by Jānis Indāns

Daniel - the central character of the novel exists in front of constant choices between time and space, reality and imagination and between two women – Nelly and Vu. The opportunities to choose resemble an endless game, but within the game itself – will a choice always exist?

A courageous story about the nature of incest. Instead of admiring the detail, it digs deep. The author has attempted to pierce the seemingly flirtatious veil of taboo and present a story cleverly resisting bringing the naive ‘for and against’ of physical love to the front (while marginalised, descriptions of these are as colourful and lively as the text of the whole novel); instead she uncovers the deeper and much more painful reason of loneliness and the monsters it creates – the lack of soulful warmth and a yearning towards warmth of the earth.

One could describe it as gravitation, but in fact it is warmth that keeps us attached to the ground. It is exactly the warmth that lets us be, makes us be with one another, and makes us hold one another. So we live – keeping warm.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane

dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv

 


WarmEarth_by_I.Zolude.pdf

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Title

:

Warm Earth

Title*

:

Silta zeme

Authors

: Inga Žolude

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

168

Year

:

2008

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The Red Children

The Red Children (Sarkanie bērni)

The history of the orphanage of the red children starts in 1534 when Margot, the queen of Navarre, establishes Hôpital des Enfants-Dieu, later known as Hôpital des Enfants-Rouges, because of children’s uniforms in red – the colour of compassion. In 1615, the title of the orphanage was given also to a market, founded by Louis XIII. The scenes from the 16th century orphanage in Paris, featuring French characters open the novel and are continued between the four big parts of the novel, each focusing on one of the three main characters carrying “a gene” of the red children that is reborn in Latvia in the 21st century, and a separate myth of the way children come into this world, for example, children are brought by a stork, or found. The last part of the novel intertwines all the three previously separate stories. The three main characters of the novel are Nadja, Mārīte, and Liesma. Nadja is a patient at a drug-addict institution, Mārīte is a nurse at the same institution, but Liesma is Mārīte's neighbour. Mārīte supports Liesma since she raises her son alone and encounters many difficulties. Liesma helps Mārīte to rescue Nadja. In the end they all reconcile with the core line of the life and fate, overcoming the notion of being an orphan in this life.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane dace.sparane-freimane@dienasgramata.lv 

www.dgramata.lv



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Title

:

The Red Children

Title*

:

Sarkanie bērni

Authors

: Inga Žolude

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2012

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The Glass Shards

The Glass Shards (Stikli)

       The Glass Shards takes place on a specific threshold of time, when all the events that could lead to the culmination of a war are already in motion. Through the individual struggles and decisions of its characters, the novel tries to make sense of how what happened in Latvia during World War II came to be. Since the novel came out, it seems clear that it was written with a desperate attempt to understand the mechanics of what lead us, as a society, to war, as well as the individual relationships within a society.

      The main character of the novel is Magdalena Cirule—a patient from a psychoneurological hospital who is pregnant with the child of her attending physician. Magdalena is Dr. Karlis Vilks-Krideners’ ideal patient; he came to Latvia from Germany after his grandmother refused to continue financing his psychotherapy research, which was considered rather avant-garde, even by the hospital in Munich where he worked. But Karlis can’t continue practicing in Munich because he believes he could better help patients through treatments that don’t use chemical or mechanical means.

        Magdalena suffers from a high level of anxiety, and has a tendency to black out after being touched—either intentionally or unintentionally. But the hospital director, Valdis Gudsbergs, has concerns over whether the hospital has enough room for all its patients, and thinks that Magdalena should have been sent home to her parents ages ago. However, Magdalena’s father is the mayor of Rezekne, and her parents worry that their daughter’s presence at home will negatively impact their public image. It is for this reason they are willing to pay for Magdalena’s “luxury suite” at the Strenci Psychoneurological Hospital, an institution where the middle-class patients frequently end up sleeping in the corridors.

Contacts: dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


TheGlassShards_by_I.Gaile.pdf

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Title

:

The Glass Shards

Title*

:

Stikli

Authors

: Inga Gaile

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

176

Year

:

2016

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Fiery Oxen with Golden Horns

Fiery Oxen with Golden Horns (Ugunīgi vērši ar zelta ragiem)

The novel is set in present-day Latvia. There are two story lines, which are independent, yet linked conceptually and metaphorically. The two lines converge in the last pages of the book, when both main protagonists meet.

            1) “Writer's line” is centered on the literary historian Guntis Berelis (the analogy with the name of the author is coincidental), an embodiment of both a pedantically analytical mind and narrow-mindedness. Berelis has made a "discovery of the century": he has found a hitherto unknown brilliant poet, Eduards Bīskaps, who wrote in the 1930s and managed to publish a single small book. Berelis is proud of this discovery, he publishes Bīskaps's poetry and works on his biography, assuming that the poet passed a long time ago. 

            2) “Artist's line” focuses on an anonymous painter who may be one of the most outstanding contemporary Latvian artists; this part is composed in the second ("you") person. The artist specializes in female nudes; he lives a secluded life, without having much contact with his colleagues, exhibits rarely yet to critical acclaim, and is obsessed with painting an ideal nude in such a way that the painting would come to life. His main problem is to find a model that would suit his designs.

            At the end of the novel the two run into each other on the street – Berelis, who has just lost his Bīskaps, and the artist who has managed to avoid his creative crisis by murdering his model. Their eyes meet, yet they walk past each other without making contact.

Contacts: dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


FieryOxenWithGoldenHorns_by_G.Berelis.pdf

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Title

:

Fiery Oxen with Golden Horns

Title*

:

Ugunīgi vērši ar zelta ragiem

Authors

: Guntis Berelis

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

288

Year

:

2007

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Theodorus. Dance With An Elephant Fish

Theodorus. Dance With An Elephant Fish (Theodorus. Deja ar ziloņzivi)

The story begins symbolically “five minutes” after the end of the Cold War. Two young spies from West Germany have crossed the East German border just two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall.They both observe the contrasts between the two separate parts of Germany. Their destination is the East German town of Jena, where a very famous optics factory possesses secrets from the Soviet military industry. East Germany has basically collapsed, and the director of the factory is prepared to hand over documents related to the secret optics of Russian tanks and spaceships. The German BND sends a young agent named Theodorus (Theo) and a lovely technical specialist, Beatrice, to fetch the documents. Theo is secretly in love with his colleague. As the pair approach the city, they notice activities at a nearby Soviet military base. The Red Army is still in East Germany. The West German agents drive past the base and are soon at the enormous optics factory. The director hopes to pursue a career in unified Germany, and he is prepared to hand over all of the information. Beatrice enters the director’s office and quickly starts to copy the documents. Then the unexpected happens. Armoured transport vehicles crash through the gates of the factor, helicopters land, and Russian troops flood into the territory.

Contacts: Mr. Otto Ozols ozols.otto@gmail.com



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Title

:

Theodorus. Dance With An Elephant Fish

Title*

:

Theodorus. Deja ar ziloņzivi

Authors

: Otto Ozols

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Atēna

Pages

:

248

Year

:

2014

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Marked by Fire

Marked by Fire (Ugunszīme)

The book describes a time before both the author and the novel’s narrator, Erika, were born; its historical foundation is rooted in the post-war life of the Latvian intelligentsia, in the tragic fate of the so-called “French Group” and their search for intellectual nobility. The story is told from the point of view of Erika, born to Kārlis and Magda during the exile of Kārlis’s wife Dagmāra. Just as the French Group’s members were exiled to Siberia, the novel’s heroine Dagmāra too suffers the horrors of deportation, as did Kārlis’s mother before her. Their lives are destroyed by the age in which they live – Kārlis stops painting because his work isn’t being recognized, and he undergoes treatment for alcoholism. Dagmāra dies early, her translations unpublished. Marked by Fire’s ringlike composition ends in 1987, when, rereading what she wrote thirteen years prior, Erika marvels at the self-righteous tone of her memories. Taking into account that these notes were written when she was eighteen, the narrator’s impatience with the vagueness of historical events is an understandable youthful ardour. At the end of the novel, Erika is working in the library of a seaside village, where she becomes certain that the passage of time is no excuse, and where better than in a world of valuable books, like an eternal flame – a place of remembrance that never burns out.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv



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Title

:

Marked by Fire

Title*

:

Ugunszīme

Authors

: Gundega Repše

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

160

Year

:

2014

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Houses Without Doors

Houses Without Doors (Mājas bez durvīm)

Houses Without Doors is Ieva Melgalve’s sequel to her fantasy novel The Dead Don’t Forgive, but it can be read without having read the first. It is enough to know that the story is set in the same world, where emotions are magic, and this magic can either save you or kill you. In the Bruoni city of Graa, many young commonfolk women and even a young magician have been mysteriously killed. Who is to blame? Rem, the wizard from the capital city, or the stranger Vega who has arrived in Graa in an attempt to keep to herself? The head wizards do not care for justice – it is enough if their suspect survives. Thus, Vega and Rem will have to fight a silent and cruel mental battle while secluded in prison, at every moment risking the worst fate the mages can be forced to confront – loneliness. Will Vega be able to maintain common sense as the events of her recent past – a friendship that ended in murder, a spell that ended in humiliation, and a love that ended in separation – come rushing back to her?

Contact: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv



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Title

:

Houses Without Doors

Title*

:

Mājas bez durvīm

Authors

: Ieva Melgalve

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

320

Year

:

2016

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A Little Affair

A Little Affair (Romāniņš)

In A Little Affair, the first novel from author Dace Rukšāne, we meet Taņa, a young Latvian woman on an intense quest for her own identity. As the novel unfolds, Taņa’s search becomes intertwined with the responsibility she feels for her children, falling in love and being in love, her countless losses and rebirths. After she is abandoned by her husband, Taņa suddenly finds herself alone with three children. She plunges into adventures – losing herself, then finding herself again. She gets involved in various messes, but never hangs her head; she is the character who might cry briefly, but then always gets up, dusts herself off with a smile, and carries on. A Little Affair offers us a cross-section of an untamed young woman’s world, where all moral judgment is left up to the reader.

Contact: info@akka-laa.lv



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Title

:

A Little Affair

Title*

:

Romāniņš

Authors

: Dace Rukšāne

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Atēna

Pages

:

157

Year

:

2002

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Why Did You Cry?

Why Did You Cry? (Kāpēc tu raudāji?)

In the final chaotic years of the Soviet Union, Katrīna is 15 and living on the outskirts of Rīga. Just before her sixteenth birthday, she embarks alone on a long journey across half of Russia to an mountain-climbers’ camp in the Caucasus. There, not only does she encounter the mountains and their challenges, but also meets her first love, who happens to be Russian. In Latvian society, where Russians are the occupiers, this is practically criminal. When she returns home, Katrīna must confront not only the uncomprehending shock of those around her over her relationship, but also a family tragedy. As these events unfold, so too does Latvia’s liberation from occupation with the Soviet Union collapses.

Contact: info@akka-laa.lv



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Title

:

Why Did You Cry?

Title*

:

Kāpēc tu raudāji?

Authors

: Dace Rukšāne

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Atēna

Pages

:

207

Year

:

2002

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Magnus, the Danish Prince

Magnus, the Danish Prince (Magnus, dāņu princis)

The novel Magnus, the Danish Prince is an account of the Livonian War that took place in the second half of the XVI century. It was a complicated and tragic period in history and one that defined the fate of the Baltic region, North West Europe and Russia for the centuries to follow. The author has chosen an untraditionally free and innovative form of writing allowing him to combine the historical facts, taken from old chronicles – testimonials of German, Latvian and Russian historians, with the lives and destinies of his fictional characters. He succeeds in blending both light-hearted, amusing episodes and real drama with undisputed historical records. This untraditional revisiting of the first and last King of Livonia – Magnus – resonates directly with the most current issues of modern life, thus through his exploration of a remote past, R. Dobrovenskij has written a book of relevance today.

Contact: izdevnieciba@jumava.lv www.jumava.lv



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Title

:

Magnus, the Danish Prince

Title*

:

Magnus, dāņu princis

Authors

: Roalds Dobrovenskis

Genre

:

Fiction

Publisher

:

Jumava

Pages

:

556

Year

:

2004

Non-Fiction

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Riga - Beijing: Don't Try This at Home

Riga - Beijing: Don't Try This at Home (Rīga - Pekina jeb ceļošana un izdzīvošana ne sezonā)

From Riga to Beijing is the story of a more than 7-month long journey by Latvian actress Ilona Balode and musician Rolands Ūdris that took them from Latvia’s capital of Riga all the way to Beijing. The trip was rather unconventional for them – Balode and Ūdris went without any sort of savings, relying on luck, people’s goodwill and perseverance. During that time they lived both like vagabonds as well as kings – they saw the life of musicians playing on the street and in clubs, and slept in hotels, parks, train stations and on beaches. They met people from all walks of life, saw the contradictions of the Caucasus, the wonders of the Muslim world, the peculiarities of the Hindus, the hospitality of Pakistan, as well as the pluses and minuses of China’s socialism.

The book contains the tender, funny and at times unbelievable experiences they had in 16 countries they visited during their journey: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and China.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv



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Title

:

Riga - Beijing: Don't Try This at Home

Title*

:

Rīga - Pekina jeb ceļošana un izdzīvošana ne sezonā

Authors

: Ilona Balode

Genre

:

Non-Fiction

Publisher

:

Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

520

Year

:

2012

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Forest Daughters

Forest Daughters (Meža meitas)

The end of the WWII proved to be a significant turning point in the history of the Baltic States, one that dramatically changed the life course of its residents. For ideological reasons and for personal safety many thousands of people, among them many women, flooded into the Baltic forests at the beginning of the Cold War, in order to resist the Soviet rule and to seek shelter.

Baltic women fled to forest to escape intimidation and physical coercion, and because close relatives had been arrested and harassed. The forest did not provide women who had experienced Soviet persecution with a tranquil life but with a difficult survival school, replete with emotional and physical hardships. It also involved them in the first war in which Baltic women were on the front lines. Having gone into the woods to seek temporary shelter, they in effect were civilians who ended up in a war zone without weapons or training for battle.

The autobiographic book “Forest Daughters” by Sanita Reinsone is based on twelve personal accounts and reveals the hidden war through the eyes of Latvian women who joined active partisan groups or lived quiet but officially illegal personal lives in the forest after WWII. The book’s twelve chapters are accompanied by historical photographs drawn from the former KGB archives and private family archives.

Contacts: dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


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Title

:

Forest Daughters

Title*

:

Meža meitas

Authors

: Sanita Reinsone

Genre

:

Non-Fiction

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

366

Year

:

2015

Short Stories

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Stories

Stories (Stāsti)

Her short story collection Stories was shortlisted for the 2015 Annual Latvian Literature Award. This collection of seven short stories is writer Inga Žolude’s fifth book. The stories in this collection have developed from observation, most often while observing herself, nature, and other people, as well as from listening closely, most often to silence, to herself, and to words. In talking about her book, Žolude stated that “I wanted to write stories that we carry inside us and which quite possibly none of us actually knows is there.”

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


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Title

:

Stories

Title*

:

Stāsti

Authors

: Inga Žolude

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

246

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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A Solace for Adam's Tree

A Solace for Adam's Tree (Mierinājums Ādama kokam)

A Solace for Adam’s Tree was a winner of the 2012 European Union Prize for
Literature.
It brings together 13 short stories that are all united by an idea that is profound and compelling:
to have a conversation about life and death.

Full translation in English is available.

Contacts: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane, dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv


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Title

:

A Solace for Adam's Tree

Title*

:

Mierinājums Ādama kokam

Authors

: Inga Žolude

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Dienas grāmata

Pages

:

211

Year

:

2010

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Love stories

Love stories (Mīlasstāsti )

Love Stories, as the title suggests, are stories elucidating upon the subject of
love. But readers may search in vain for classic, sentimental “pieces” as well as
the literary provocations so characteristic of the author some years ago. These
These loves stories might be defined as a consciously toned down, profound book,
rich in a quest for hidden issues of the human essence, revealing them delicately
yet avoiding their brutal elimination. That is love – love imagined, unanswered,
denied, accepted with and without conditions (which are often very peculiar
conditions). Here, love is portrayed through the use of different images –
animals, things, imagined landscapes. Love that is, often without even being
aware of it, transformed into its opposite. The author’s protagonists are both
younger and older women that play out the only lives given to them in their
own unique ways – the author leaves them to it, at times sliding into the surreal
as well as fantasy and horror. Every story is almost a stand-alone, polished life
episode, but the book forms a uniform whole – a sensitive, sharp insight into a
woman’s world (including her everyday life and chores) within the reality of the
modern world.

Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, barbala.simsone@zvaigzne.lv www.zvaigzne.lv


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Title

:

Love stories

Title*

:

Mīlasstāsti

Authors

: Dace Rukšāne

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC

Pages

:

96

Year

:

2015

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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First Time

First Time (Pirmā reize)

The First Time was shortlisted for the 2014 Annual Latvian Literature Award for Best Debut.
How can you get ready for life as an adult if you always have to experience new and undiscovered things? The protagonists of her short stories deserve praise for their struggles, however life always has some sort of surprise in store for you, and suddenly nothing is ever the same
again.

Contacts: Mrs. Aija Rozenšteine, aija@apgadsmansards.lv www.apgadsmansards.lv


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Title

:

First Time

Title*

:

Pirmā reize

Authors

: Daina Tabūna

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Mansards

Pages

:

152

Year

:

2014

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Push, push

Push, push (Stum, Stum)

Push, push (Stum,stum, 2004) was received with great curiosity as Andra Neiburga to returned to adult fiction after a 16 year absence since her muchpraised debut short story collection
Stuffed Birds, and Birds in Cages (Izbāzti putni un putni būros, 1988). Not only
was Push, Push one of the most talked about books of the year, but it’s since
become a popular staple in secondary school curriculums, which hasn’t lost its ability
to surprise and even shock a new generation of readers.
Latvian literary critic Ieva Kolmane said the following of Neiburga's work: “All of her
stories are constructed from the inside out, building from the characters’ individual
experiences, memories, thoughts and reflections (..). The great variety of her characters
also considerably widen their appeal – even if there’s a reader who hasn’t spent a lot of
time worrying about existential problems, they will have had to waste a considerable
effort dealing with their lives and relationships in a manner similar to at least one the
possibilities offered by Neiburga.”
Latvian writer Pauls Bankovskis had this to say about her work: “The stories are full
of drama and subtleties, which encapsule the narratives that would normally require
a generational novel. Neiburga’s “family” is her generation – the wounded souls, the
unhappily happy people, the ones pushed and shoved by their lives and history, the
ones left standing in the doorway between the 20th and 21st centuries. Her prose is
colloquialy grotesque yet at the same time harshly ironic, poetic and emotionally
precise. (..) Push, Push is, without a shadow of doubt, most noteworthy book in 21st
century Latvian literature.”

Contacts: Ms. Andra Neiburga, andra.neiburga@gmail.com



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Title

:

Push, push

Title*

:

Stum, Stum

Authors

: Andra Neiburga

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Valters un Rapa

Pages

:

247

Year

:

2004

Foreign rights

:

All languages available

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Life Stories

Life Stories (Dzīves stāsti)

In talking about the inspiration behind her short story
collection Life Stories, which won the 2004 The Annual
Latvian Literature Award, she said that “I have written Life
Stories virtually in the space of one breath – these stories
have been imagined in such concentration, that I had to
free myself from them. They came so naturally, that I am
very happy to have returned to the short-story format. It
seems to me that in these eight stories each individual
and different life is so strikingly intense that it was not
possible to place all into one novel … Also in terms of style,
I searched and found a different approach to each of the
stories. I wanted to express myself more clearly and more
simply.”

Contacts: Nora Ikstena, ikstena@apollo.lv



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Title

:

Life Stories

Title*

:

Dzīves stāsti

Authors

: Nora Ikstena

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Rīga, Atēna

Pages

:

105

Year

:

2004

Foreign rights

:

Sold to Canada and India

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Urban Shamans

Urban Shamans (Pilsētas šamaņi)

Urban Shamans is the first book by Sven Kuzmins, a writer and artist currently based in Riga. It’s a collection of interconnected stories where subtle mystical experiences find their way into everyday urban life. Separate plots seamlessly intertwine, creating a twisted and magical picture of the modern world. In spite of their surreal settings, the stories remain grounded in our reality, with a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humour. The book is designed and illustrated with a suitably bizarre visual aesthetic by the author himself.

Contact: Mrs. Dace Sparāne-Freimane dace.sparane-freimane@dgramata.lv www.dgramata.lv



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Title

:

Urban Shamans

Title*

:

Pilsētas šamaņi

Authors

: Sven Kuzmins

Genre

:

Short Stories

Publisher

:

Dienas Grāmata

Pages

:

168

Year

:

2016

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