literatūras mēnešraksts


December 2001 • Summary

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The December issue of “Karogs” is introduced by Ilmārs Lazovskis’ (1931) essay “The Game of Glass Words” discussing the priorities when building the state and the politicians’ manipulations with the notion “priorities”.

The chapter “Writer” is devoted to the so-called “French group”. It was a group of intellectuals, sharing the interest in the cultural heritage of France. Those people were repressed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and exiled to Siberia. Read the materials about the translator Maija Silmale (1924&150;1973), Elza Stērste (1885&150;1976), translator Ieva Lase (1916), actors Arnolds Stubaus (1910&150;1958) and Irina Stubaua (1908&150;1999), translator Milda Grīnfelde (1909&150;2000), artist Kurts Fridrihsons (1911&150;1991) and other members of the “French group”.

The chapter “Texts” presents a play “Steelgrass” by the young prose writer Inga Ābele (1972) and poetry by Pēters Brūveris (1957) and Vitauts Ļūdēns (1937).

The chapter “Writings” is introduced by Rimants Ziedonis’ (1962) interview with the President of the Latvia Academy of Science, Jānis Stradiņš (1933) about the place of Latvia in the world. The literary scientist Valdis ?ikāns (1929) reviews the third volume of Latvian literary history. The literary scientist and critic Ruta Veidemane (1933) reviews the second collection of poetry by Māris Salējs (1971) “My Politics”. The critic Inta Čaklā (1941) reviews Liāna Langa’s (1960) second collection of poetry “Blow the Trumpet, Scorpion!” The literary historian Gundega Grīnuma (1948) has prepared for publishing the correspondence between the writer Ivande Kaija (1876&150;1942) and the classics of Latvian literature, Rainis and Aspazija.

In the chapter “Review” we wish happy birthday of the month to the writers Zigmunds Skujiņš (1926), Klāra Zāle (1911), literary scientists Gunārs Bībers (1931), Viktors Hausmanis (1931), as well as to the late linguist Kārlis Draviņš (1901&150;1991) and poet Pāvils Vīlips (1901&150;1950).

The chapter “Event of the Month” gives insight into the events devoted to the 100th anniversary of the poet Aleksandrs Čaks (1901&150;1950). We inform also about the most interesting events in the literary life and culture, and take a look into the literary periodicals of Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.

In the chapter “Andris in the Net”, the poet Andris Akmentiņš (1969) has prepared an exhaustive material about the novelties of literary texts in the Internet &150; both in Latvia and abroad. He gives also a comparative evaluation of the literary virtual space of Estonia and Latvia, reviews the responses about the Čaks’ anniversary in the portal “Delfi”. The author passes on the baton to his follower, who will report on Internet news next year.

In the chapter “Karogs Recommends” &150; review of the latest books.