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.
Books to fall for
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
The Book of Riga
The Book of Riga (Prozas antoloģija)
Title: The Book of Riga
Title*: Prozas antoloģija
Comma Press, UK
The authors, the translators, the publisher;
As its history might suggest, Riga is a work in progress; and for many of the characters in these stories, it is the possibilities of what the city might become, more than merely what it is now, that drives the imagination of its people.
Läti jutud. Valik 2000. aastate läti lühiproosat
Läti jutud. Valik 2000. aastate läti lühiproosat (Latviešu stāsti)
Title: Läti jutud. Valik 2000. aastate läti lühiproosat
Title*: Latviešu stāsti
Libri Livoniae, Estonia
The publisher, the translator
Short stories of ten Latvian writers
Foreign Literature and Art
Foreign Literature and Art (Ārzemju literatūra un māksla)
Title: Foreign Literature and Art
Title*: Ārzemju literatūra un māksla
Shanghai Translation Publishing house