Found in Translation
In this issue's 'Found in Translation', we offer a round-up of Latvian literature available in translation.
The Toronto-based print journal Descant devoted a special issue to Latvian literature in Spring 2004 (Vol. 35 / No. 1) entitled 'In Latvia, Observed / Abroad / In Memory'. Descant, established in 1970, is a quarterly print journal publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world.

The Review of Contemporary Fiction, affiliated with the Centre for Book Culture in the USA, had a special focus on New Latvian Fiction in Vol. XV111. No. 1, 1998. The Review is a tri-quarterly journal that has a special affinity for the works of foreign writers who may otherwise go unread in the United States.

The special focus of the recent Edinburgh Review No. 115 is 'Poetry and Prose from Latvia'. The issue was edited by Donal McLaughlin, who spent the summer of 2003 in Riga as Scottish PEN's writer-without-borders. The issue includes prose by Martins Zelmenis, Ieva Lesinska, Nora Ikstena, Inga Abele and Andre Neiburga; poetry by Knuts Skujenieks, Maris Salejs, Liana Langa, Edvins Raups, Amanda Aizpuriete, Janis Elsbergs, Karlis Verdins and Inga Gaile; and some Latvian folk songs in translation. Donal McLaughlin's introduction 'A Right Good Riga' includes a bibliography of Latvian writing in English, French and German translation. ER No. 115 (ISBN 1-85933223-4) can be ordered by sending an e-mail to:

Juris Kronbergs' Wolf One-Eye, translated into English by Mara Rozitis and with an introduction by Jaan Kaplinski, is forthcoming in a bilingual edition from Arc Publications in November 2006. Arc Publications is now in its fourth decade of publishing contemporary poetry from new and established writers in the UK and abroad, with special emphasis on the work of world poets in English, and the work of overseas poets in translation.

And don't forget the website of the Latvian Literature Centre for all the latest news on Latvian literature.

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