Jānis Einfelds, born in 1967, is a Latvian writer, post-modernist. After studying electrician's trade at the Riga 46th Technical College, Einfelds worked a factory job. His first publication was a tale Īsās ziemas kauja/ The Battle of the Short Winter, published in 1988, in the Pionieris magazine. He is the author of several stories, novels, novellas and other works of prose. In 1999, he wrote a script for the Tristran and Isolde chapter of the film Trīs stāsti par.../Three Stories About...The term einfeld has come to mean a certain principle of characterization in Latvian literature because of the particular style of the author. Jānis Einfelds works have been also published in the US and Germany. Einfelds is a member of the Latvian Writers' Union since 1996. In 1992, he received the Klāvs Elsbergs Literary Prize for his work in prose. His book Neļaudis/Non-peoples received the Annual Latvian Literature Award in 2005.
Photo: Matthias Knoll, 2001
Armagedona cikls [The Cycle of Armagedon]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2019.
Dunduri un dēmoni [Gadflies and Demons]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2017.
Rīga [Riga]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2015.
Meļu dzīres [The Feast of Liars]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2009.
Palaidnis [Rascal]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2007.
Neļaudis [The Non-peoples]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2005.
Pornogrāfisko bildīšu tirgotājs [Merchant of Pornographic Pictures]. Riga: Pētergailis, 2001.
Veči [The Old Men]. Riga: Pētergailis, 1999.
Cūku grāmata [The Book of Pigs]. Riga: Karogs, 1996.
Mēness bērns [Moonchild]. Riga: Preses nams, 1995.
Books to fall for
Gadflies and Demons
Gadflies and Demons (Dunduri un dēmoni)
The story collection Gadflies and Demons is Einfelds’ ninth book. The gadflies and demons in this book are not only metaphorical, but also quite palpable and present. The author and his alter ego Fabulu Jūlis take the reader through the absurd realities of capitalism in the 1990s, while also still managing to entertain. The author asks the reader to confront the question: are those of us living right here, right now, really all that different from the characters in the book, and if we aren’t, what can we expect in our own future? The collection’s eponymous first part brings this question to the forefront, but in its second part, the miniature cycle Winter, which is focused on one of the characters from Gadflies and Demons, the reader journeys along with the author as he unpacks this question on an unstoppable ride into the void. Einfelds’ prose weaves together a surreal worldview with the grotesque, realistic, even rough and naturalistic details of everyday life existing alongside a sense of the romantic and the pain that comes from the fragile nature of ideals in our world today.
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Gadflies and Demons
Dunduri un dēmoni
Rīga, Dienas Grāmata
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Janis Einfelds, artist's profile // The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [EN; LV]
Interview with Jānis Einfelds // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2007 [LV]
About Rascal // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2007 [LV]
Mārtiņa Kreicberga vienīgā/The Betrothed of Mārtiņš Kreicbergs, story by Einfelds // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2005 [LV]Reviews
Ruta Kurpniece, Katram savs dēmons vai dundurs skapī, review of Gadflies and Demons // UbiSunt.lv, University of Latvia, 2017 [LV]
Jūlija Dibovska, Pāridarījums/ An Offense, review of Gadflies and Demons // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2017 [LV]
Jūlija Dibovska, Rīgas iedzimtais, review of Riga // UbiSunt.lv, University of Latvia, 2015 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of Rascal // Guntis Berelis literary blog, 2007 [LV]
Dace Sparāne, review of Rascal // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2007 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of The Old Men // Guntis Berelis literary blog, 2010 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of The Book of Pigs // Guntis Berelis literary blog, 1996 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of Moonchild // Guntis Berelis literary blog, 1995 [LV]
2005, the Annual Latvian Literary Award for Neļaudis/The Non-Peoples
1992, Klāvs Elsbergs Prize for The Non-Peoples