Sven Kuzmins (1985) is a Latvian writer, artist and actor. He mainly writes prose fiction, critical articles, and journalism, but also experiments with various forms of visual arts and literature. He is actively involved in other media projects, and is know to the wider public as one of the initiators and authors behind the NERTEN sketch theatre project. Pilsētas šamaņi / Urban Shamans (Dienas Grāmata, 2016) is Kuzmins' first collection of stories, complimented by his own graphic drawings. Recently the author published his first novel Hohma / Hokhmah (Dienas Grāmata, 2019), a story of a little Latvian town and its inhabitants. His works have been translated into English, Russian, Lithuanian, Estonian and Spanish and published in various printed and online platforms.
Hohma [Hokhmah]. Riga: Dienas Grāmata, 2019.
Pilsētas Šamaņi [Urban Shamans]. Riga: Dienas Grāmata, 2016.
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Urban Shamans (Pilsētas šamaņi)
Urban Shamans is the first book by Sven Kuzmins, a writer and artist currently based in Riga. It’s a collection of interconnected stories where subtle mystical experiences find their way into everyday urban life. Separate plots seamlessly intertwine, creating a twisted and magical picture of the modern world. In spite of their surreal settings, the stories remain grounded in our reality, with a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humour. The book is designed and illustrated with a suitably bizarre visual aesthetic by the author himself.
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Interview with Sven Kuzmins // Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji, 2019 [LV]
Santa Lauga, Zigfrīds Muktupāvels, interview with Sven Kuzmins // Kultūras Rondo, Radio LR1 [LV]
Sven Kuzmins, interview about Urban Shamans // Radio NABA, literary segment Bron-Hīts [LV]
Sven Kuzmins: Runa ir par skatuvi, nevis par dzīvi [It's about the stage, not about life] // Internet magazine Satori.lv video-interview [LV]
Sketch theatre duo Nerten announce new shows // Delfi News [LV]Reviews
West Camel, review of The Book of Riga // European Literature Network, 2018 [EN]
Ieva Melgalve, Pārdomātā iracionalitāte [Well-considered Irrationality], review of Urban Shamans // Internet magazine Satori.lv [LV]
Guntis Berelis, review of Urban Shamans // Internet magazine Punctum [LV]
Jūlija Dibovska review of Urban Shamans // UbiSunt, University of Latvia [LV]
2016, Silver Ink-Pot, awarded by the International Writers' and Translators' House for Urban Shamans
2014, Prose Readings festival award for his story Zbigņevs un dēli/ Zbignev and Sons