Andris Kuprišs (1982) is a Latvian writer and translator. He studied journalism at the University of Latvia and obtained a Master’s Degree in Photography from Goldsmiths University of London. He recently published his first book - collection of stories Berlin. Kuprišs’ essays and prose are published in Rīgas Laiks, Veto Magazine, Domuzīme, Punctum and Satori magazines among others.
Berlīne [Berlin]. Riga: Orbita, 2019.
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Berlin is a collection of 21 prose pieces and one short novella. Although the stories are not intentionally linked, they follow a vague narrative that seems to promise a resolution in the novella at the end of the book, the titular Berlin. Or, each story is yet another attempt to penetrate, from a different place and time, the city where the protagonist finds himself, stranded seemingly without a purpose. Berlin is a place where you really want to be, but find it almost impossibly difficult to get to, and when you finally do find yourself there, you learn that to escape this place is even harder than it was to arrive, no matter how much you wish to leave it. Something has happened—we’re not sure what, and neither do any of the protagonists. Critics have called Kupriss’s prose manipulative, mathematical, even porous.
“Andris Kupriš’s prose contains delicate, deliberate errors. These give an uncertain tension and absurd atmosphere to apparently autobiographical, everyday situations. Even the way language is used in Kupriš’s texts embodies this shift. It expresses estrangement, for example, or an atypical perception of time. Berlin confirms that a melancholy, ironic perspective has a place even in the newest Latvian literature.” – Laura Brokāne, editor of the novel, writer.
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Conversation with Andris Kuprišs // Internet magazine Punctum.lv, 2019 [LV]
Audio conversation with Andris Kuprišs // Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji, 2019 [LV]
Drosmīgs lēmums [Brave Decision] // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2018 [LV]
Dzīve Viņpus interneta [The Life on the Other Side of the Internet] // Internet magazine Punctum.lv, 2017 [LV]Reviews
Bārbala Simsone, Vispirms pazuda jēga, review of Berlin // Diena.lv, 2019 [LV]