Open Letter Books
novel | paperback | 334 pages
Winner of the 2015 AATSEEL Book Award for Best Translation into English
“A sharp realist.”
One of Latvia’s most notable young writers, Ābele is a fresh voice in European fiction—her prose is direct, evocative, and exceptionally beautiful. The combination of strikingly lush descriptive writing with the precision with which she depicts the minds of her characters elevates this novel from a simple story of a love triangle into a fascinating, philosophical, haunting book.
Translated from the Latvian by Kaija Straumanis
About the Author: Inga Ābele (born 1972) is a Latvian novelist, poet, and playwright. Her novel High Tide received the 2008 Latvian Literature Award, and the 2009 Baltic Assembly Award in Literature. Her works have been translated into Swedish, English, French, and Russian, among others, and have appeared in such anthologies as New European Poets, Best European Fiction 2010, and Short Stories without Borders: Young Writers for a New Europe. Her most recent book, Ants and Bumblebees, is a collection of short stories.
“Ābele has the rare ability to find that existential abyss that lies beneath the superficial surface of daily existence.”