Dace Rukšāne-Ščipčinska (1969) is a Latvian writer and journalist. After finishing highschool she studied Medicine and Biology and additionally participated in the SOURCES 2 Script Development Workshop in Vienna. Rukšāne became known in 2002 for her novel Romāniņš/The Little Affair that touched upon the subjects of feminine sexuality gained great popularity. It was followed by books Beatrises gultas stāsti/ Bedtime Stories of Beatrice, and Kāpēc tu raudāji?/ Why were you crying?, as well as several articles and columns devoted to intimate subject matters and relationships. During the 1990's Rukšāne wrote poetry, whereas in early 2000's several of her plays were staged in various theatres in Latvia. Her novels have been published in Germany and Denmark. In 2002, Rukšāne became a regular contributor to a weekly column in "Sestdiena" magazine. From 2004 until 2012 she was editor-in-chief of "Lilit" magazine.
Photo: from the author's personal archive
Latviskais laimes kods [The Latvian Happiness Code]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2018.
Mīlasstāsti [Love Stories]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2015.
Ķīpsalas putni [Birds of Ķīpsala]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2009.
Sarunas par attiecībām [Conversations about Relationships]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2008.
Simts seksīgas sestdienas [A Hundred Sexy Saturdays]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2005.
Kāpēc tu raudāji? [Why Did You Cry?] Riga: Atēna, 2003.
Beatrises gultas stāsti [Bedtime Stories of Beatrice]. Rīga: Atēna, 2002.
Romāniņš [The Little Affair]. Riga: Atēna, 2002.
Books to fall for
Love stories (Mīlasstāsti )
Love Stories, as the title suggests, are stories elucidating upon the subject of
love. But readers may search in vain for classic, sentimental “pieces” as well as
the literary provocations so characteristic of the author some years ago. These
These loves stories might be defined as a consciously toned down, profound book,
rich in a quest for hidden issues of the human essence, revealing them delicately
yet avoiding their brutal elimination. That is love – love imagined, unanswered,
denied, accepted with and without conditions (which are often very peculiar
conditions). Here, love is portrayed through the use of different images –
animals, things, imagined landscapes. Love that is, often without even being
aware of it, transformed into its opposite. The author’s protagonists are both
younger and older women that play out the only lives given to them in their
own unique ways – the author leaves them to it, at times sliding into the surreal
as well as fantasy and horror. Every story is almost a stand-alone, polished life
episode, but the book forms a uniform whole – a sensitive, sharp insight into a
woman’s world (including her everyday life and chores) within the reality of the
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A Little Affair
A Little Affair (Romāniņš)
In A Little Affair, the first novel from author Dace Rukšāne, we meet Taņa, a young Latvian woman on an intense quest for her own identity. As the novel unfolds, Taņa’s search becomes intertwined with the responsibility she feels for her children, falling in love and being in love, her countless losses and rebirths. After she is abandoned by her husband, Taņa suddenly finds herself alone with three children. She plunges into adventures – losing herself, then finding herself again. She gets involved in various messes, but never hangs her head; she is the character who might cry briefly, but then always gets up, dusts herself off with a smile, and carries on. A Little Affair offers us a cross-section of an untamed young woman’s world, where all moral judgment is left up to the reader.
A Little Affair
Why Did You Cry?
Why Did You Cry? (Kāpēc tu raudāji?)
In the final chaotic years of the Soviet Union, Katrīna is 15 and living on the outskirts of Rīga. Just before her sixteenth birthday, she embarks alone on a long journey across half of Russia to an mountain-climbers’ camp in the Caucasus. There, not only does she encounter the mountains and their challenges, but also meets her first love, who happens to be Russian. In Latvian society, where Russians are the occupiers, this is practically criminal. When she returns home, Katrīna must confront not only the uncomprehending shock of those around her over her relationship, but also a family tragedy. As these events unfold, so too does Latvia’s liberation from occupation with the Soviet Union collapses.
Why Did You Cry?
Kāpēc tu raudāji?
TV Show Dzīvīte, coversation with Dace Rukšāne // Zvaigzne ABC publishing house [LV]
Dace Rukšāne-Ščipčinska: Slow food // Satori.lv, 2011 [LV]Reviews
Will Mawhood, review of The Book of Riga and excerpt of The Birds of Ķīpsala Island // Deep Baltic, 2019 [EN]
Ieva Melgalve, Sieviešu pasaule, review of Love Stories // Internet magazine Satori.lv [LV]
Dainis Gžibovskis, review of Love Stories // Zvaigzne ABC publishing house [LV]
Māra Bitāne, review of Love Stories // Zvaigzne ABC publishing house [LV]
Spīgana Spektore, review of Love Stories // Zvaigzne ABC publishing house [LV]
Guna Kalniņa, Iekšējā Ķīpsala, review of Birds of Ķīpsala // Diena.lv [LV]