Andris Kalnozols (1983) is a Latvian playwright and writer. His plays have been staged at the Latvian National Theater, Dirty Deal Teatro, and Ģertrūdes ielas teātris. Kalnozols has been involved in creative writing since 1999, publishing in “Literatūra un Māksla”, “Pedvāles burtnīca III”, and the online magazine “Satori”.
Together with classmates from the Drama and Puppet Theater Department of the Academy of Culture, Kalnozols founded the puppet theater society for adults, Umka, in 2005, taking care of the quality of literary material there until 2012. From 2008 to 2017, he wrote and produced several pieces for the theater: the one-act play “Lielā iela”, the play “Novakare. Kopsavilkums”, diploma work “Labākais cilvēks Tahkurannā”, which was awarded the main “Patriarha rudens” prize in 2013, and the play “Mazie jautājumi”. These were followed by “Benzīnvīrs, “Aizvakar vienmēr”, “Koku opera” at the Sansusi festival, and “Traktopera”. In 2015, the art publication “Popper” included Kalnozols’s prose text “Tava pēdējā odiseja Ziemeļkurzemē, Kalnozol!”.
At the end of 2020, Kalnozols’s debut novel “Kalendārs mani sauc” [Call me Calendar] was published by Orbīta in the Orbītas bibliotēka series.
Kalendārs mani sauc [Call me Calendar]. Riga: Orbīta, 2020.
Books to fall for
Call Me Calendar
Call Me Calendar (Kalendārs mani sauc)
The protagonist of the novel Call Me Calendar is a young man in a difficult to define state of mental health. Sometimes his mind seems to be that of a child, but at other times it seems to be working better than those of most adults. The novel is structured around his letters to the minister of the local town, in which he reflects on what is happening in his life, learning about himself and the world around him through writing. Having fallen in unreciprocated love, he feels an existential need to learn the names associated with each day of the year, thus “getting closer” to his object of love – after all, among all these names is sure to be hers as well. The peculiarities of Oskars’s (a.k.a. “Calendar’s”) memory and his ability to approach particular tasks with single-minded focus, not only reveal the portrait of an unusual human being but also drive a touching, exciting, and funny string of events. The most powerful in the novel, however, are the protagonist’s emotionally direct approach to people and their relationships revealed through the seemingly deformed consciousness with naïve truthfulness.
Call Me Calendar
Kalendārs mani sauc
Video conversation with Andris Kalnozols // Online magazine Satori, 2021 [LV]
About Call me Calendar // Diena.lv, 2020 [LV]
Excerpt from Call me Calendar // Online magazine Punctum, 2020 [LV]
Excerpts from Call me Calendar // Online magazine Satori, 2020 [LV]
Jūlija Dibovska, Pretī gaišajam romānam, review of Call me Calendar // Online magazine Punctum, 2021 [LV]
Kārlis Vērdiņš, Kalnozola himna cilvēcībai, review of Call me Calendar // Online magazine Satori, 2021 [LV]
Vilnis Vējš, Pasaka par mīlestību, review of Call me Calendar // Diena.lv, 2021 [LV]