Rafael Martín Calvo (1978) was born in Spain, where he earned a MA in Translation and Interpreting (English and French) from the University of Granada in 2002. In 2003 he published his first collection of poetry, titled de repente, mineral. From 2003 on he lived in France, Switzerland and Norway, before settling in the Latvian countryside in 2010. He has been a lecturer at Ventspils University of Applied Sciences since 2011, teaching primarily Spanish, and is currently writing his doctoral thesis on the field of comparative linguistics. He has some experience translating contemporary Latvian poetry to Spanish, although publications are yet to appear.
Leche materna (Mātes piens)
Title: Leche materna
Title*: Mātes piens
Vaso Roto, Spain
This novel considers the effects of Soviet rule on a single individual. The central character tries to follow her calling as a doctor. But then the state steps in. Banished to a village, her sense of isolation increases.