Vladis Spāre (1953) is a Latvian prose writer. Spāre made a debut in literature with a collection of stories titled Mēs atradīsim/ We shall Find (1987), and later introduced his ironical and unique style of writing in the novel Neprāta šarms/ The Charm of Madness in 1992. One the best known literary projects Spāre has been involved in is the book he co-authored with Juris Zvirgzdiņš and Lienīte Medne-Spāre - Odu laiks/The Time of Odes. Besides being a writer Vladis Spāre is also the publisher of "Vakara Ziņas" newspaper, and publisher and editor in chief of the literary magazine "Tīrraksts". His latest work of prose has been nominated for the Annual Latvian Literature Award 2016.
Tu nevari dabūt visu, ko gribi [You Cannot Get All You Want]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2016.
Odu laiks [The Time of Odes]. Co-authored with Juris Zvirgzdiņš, Lienīte Medne-Spāre. Riga: Skarabejs, 2009.
Neprāta šarms [The Charm of Madness]. Riga: Artava, 1992.
Mēs atradīsim [We shall find]. Riga: Liesma, 1987.
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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.
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You Can`t Get All You Want
Tu nevari dabūt visu, ko gribi
Rīga, Zvaigzne ABC
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Vladis Spāre: Es esmu intuitīvists [I'm an Intuitivist], video-inteview // Satori.lv [LV]
Baiba Kušķe, Prose dominates literature award nominations // Lsm.lv [EN]Reviews
Laura Celmiņa, review of Tu nevari dabūt visu, ko gribi/ You Cannot Get All You Want // UbiSunt, Literary platform of the University of Latvia [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of Odu laiks/The Time of Odes // Critic Guntis Berelis' blog [LV]
2016, shortlisted for the Annual Latvian Literature Award for You Cannot Get All You Want