Andra Neiburga (1957-2019) was a prose writer and a well-known author of short stories. A graduate of the Latvian Academy of Art, she has worked as a designer for the magazines Avots and Karogs and has chaired the Latvian Young Writers' Association. Her first two highly acclaimed books were the short story collection Izbazti putni un putni buros/Stuffed Birds and Caged Birds, and the children's book Stasts par Tilli un Sunu viru/The Story of Tille and the Dog Man, published 1991, after which she only started publishing her work again in 2002. Stum, stum/ Push, Push was her latest collection of stories and won her repeated critical and public acclaim. Her stories have been turned into plays and staged in the New Riga Theatre. Several of her stories have been translated into English, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian and published in anthologies abroad.
Stum, stum [Push, Push]. Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2004.
Stāsts par Tilli un Suņu vīru [The Story of Tille and the Dog Man]. Rīga: Balta, 1992 .
Izbāzti putni un putni būros [Stuffed Birds and Caged Birds]. Riga: Liesma, 1988.
Stories published in the press and anthologies
Kur es esmu? Mēs. XX gadsimts [Where Am I? We. The 20th Century]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2011.
Kolonija. [The Colony]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2006.
Ieraksts dienasgrāmatā. Svētdiena [The Diary Entry. Sunday]. Karogs, No. 2, 2005.
Dzeltenais prieks [The Yellow Joy]. Karogs, No. 1, 1993.
Zelta kurpes, aplis, mīlestība [Gold Shoes, Circle and Love]. Avots, Nr. 12, 1990.
Kurš pazina Jurīti? [Who Knew Jurītis?] Karogs, No. 10, 1990.
Death of a Mouse in DESCANT NR 124, Toronto, 2004
Signes in EUROPE nov.dec.1992, France, Paris
Summer Log (The Zone) in The Review of Contemproray Fiction , Spring 1998, USA
El Nino in short story collection “Cette peau couleour d’ambre” // Presses Univeritaires de Caen, 2004, France
Stuffed Birds and Caged Birds // AGNI 33, Boston University, 1991
Books to fall for
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.”
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Andra Neiburga, artist's profile // The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [LV]
Video conference on female language in Andra Neiburga's prose // Internet magazine Punctum, 2017 [LV]
Video conference on masculine subjectivity in Andra Neiburga's prose // Internet magazine Punctum, 2017, [LV]
Interview with Andra Neiburga // Rīgas Laiks, 1994 [LV]Reviews
Valda Čakare, Par operām un dzīves jēgu, review of the play Stum, stum/ Push, Push // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2014 [LV]
Undīne Adamaite, Par godu skumjajiem, review of the play Stum, stum/ Push, Push // Diena.lv, 2014 [LV]
Kitija Balcare, Jēgas uzjundīšana jeb stum, vien stum, review of the play Stum, stum/ Push, Push // LSM.LV, 2014 [LV]
Antra Roze, Dzīves jēgas meklējumi, review of Push, Push // Jaunā Gaita, No 240, 2005 [LV]
2004, the Newspaper Diena Award for Push, Push
2002, Eternal Copyrights Award by the Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors Association
1991, the Pastariņš Children's Literature Prize for The Story of Tille and the Dog Man