Regīna Ezera (née Regīna Kindzule, 1930–2002) was born in Rīga. Ezera graduated from the Department of Journalism at the University of Latvia and published her first literary work in 1955. From the 1960s onwards her primary occupation was writing. Her most well-known works are the novels Aka (The Well; 1972) – which was adapted into the highly popular film Ezera sonāte (The Lake Sonata; 1976), Zemdegas (Smouldering Fire; 1977), Varmācība (Violence; 1982), Nodevība (Betrayal; 1984), and the short story collections Slazds (The Trap; 1979), Princeses fenomens (The Princess Phenomenon; 1985) and Pūķa ola (Dragon’s Egg; 1995). Considered a master of what could be called “silent drama” as well as nuanced psychological portraits, she pays great attention to detail in human relationships and often uses parallels with the animal world, exploring the interaction between man and animal. She blurred the line between psycho-realist and postmodernist fiction in the novels Zemdegas, Varmācība and Nodevība, deconstructing the plot and incorporating her own persona and reflections about writing. Her works have been translated into German, Swedish, Estonian, Italian and other languages.
About love letters of Regīna Ezera // Diena.lv, 2004 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, Izšķirošā žesta māksla, review of Burning Heaths // Guntis Berelis blog, 2012 [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of Maybe it will never be the same again // Guntis Berelis blog, 1997 [LV]
1995, The Order of the Three Stars
1986, Order of the Red Flag of Labour
1981, Poeple's Writer of LSSR
1974, Cultural Worker of LSSR
1972, LSSR State Award
1968, Eduards Veidenbaums Literary Award for The Ballad of Pine forest's Woodpecker
Il pozzo (Aka)
Title: Il pozzo
The author, the publisher
The author skillfully blends the lives of all these people together, showing how the sins and life events of previous generations can echo and reverberate through the lives of their children and grandchildren.