A Paperback edition by Nora Ikstena in English (Apr 30, 2013)
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I have written Life Stories virtually in the space of one breath ?these stories have been imagined in such concentration, that I had to free myself from them. They came so... Read more
I have written Life Stories virtually in the space of one breath ?these stories have been imagined in such concentration, that I had to free myself from them. They came so naturally, that I am very happy to have returned to the short-story format. It seems to me that in these eight stories each individual and different life is so strikingly intense that it was not possible to place all into one novel ?Also in terms of style, I searched and found a different approach to each of the stories. I wanted to express myself more clearly and more simply. ?Nora Ikstena
Born in Riga, Latvia, Nora Ikstena is the author of two novels ?Dz?ves svin??na (Celebrating Life, 1998) and Jaunavas m?c?ba (The Virgin's Lesson, 2001, awarded the Latvian Annual Prize for Literature), as well as Dz?vesst?sti (2004), the collection of short fiction of which Life Stories is the translation. Her writing has received some of Latvia? top literary awards.
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