Rvīns Varde (1985) works as a transcriber for the intellectual monthly magazine Rīgas Laiks, literally filling himself with the thoughts and recollections of numerous wise and bright personalities from various countries, backgrounds, and professions. These daily, spiritual contacts have undeniably left a mark on his writing style and are sometimes referred to in his texts. It should be mentioned that birdwatching and photography are among his favorite pastimes. He has a keen eye for detail and remarkable ability to express himself in a rich and thought-provoking, yet approachable and entertaining manner. Kas te notiek [What's Goin' on There] is Varde's literary debut that was awarded the Annual Latvian Literature Award in 2020.
Kas te notiek [What's Goin' on There]. Riga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2019.
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What's Goin' on There
What's Goin' on There (Kas te notiek)
What’s Goin’ on There is one of the most impressive literary debuts of 2019 in the category of documentary fiction. This is the vivid collection of Varde’s observations on the everyday life of contemporary Latvian society – a string of over one hundred short episodes wherein his sharp, humoristic descriptions of things happening here and now – either with Varde himself or with somebody right beside him – often turn into deeper contemplations on some aspect of our perception of current reality.
Varde calls his literary sketches “the chronicles of attempts to survive.”
“For the author, it might be enough to enjoy the soap bubbles which reflect all the world which is impossible to catch in the eye of the camera. But for us, the readers, this book is indeed a valuable gift – a tool to improve our perception of life’s beauty and absurdity.” – Ingmāra Balode, poetess and translator.
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What's Goin' on There
Kas te notiek
Jāņa Rozes apgāds
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About What's Goin' on There // Online magazine Satori, 2019 [LV]Reviews
Svens Kuzmins, Māksla nesaprast dzīvi, review of What's Goin' on There // Online magazine Satori, 2019 [LV]
Jūlija Dibovska, Kombinācijas un ripiņas, review of What's Goin' on There // Online magazine Punctum, 2019 [LV]
2020, the Annual Latvian Literature Award Best Debut for What's Goin' on There