Rafael Martín Calvo (1978) was born in Spain, where he earned a MA in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada in 2002. From 2003 on he lived in France, Switzerland and Norway, before settling in the Latvian countryside in 2010. He has been a lecturer at Ventspils University of Applied Sciences since 2011, where he has obtained a doctoral degree in linguistics. He is the author of two poetry collections and his first published translation from Latvian is Nora Ikstena's novel Mātes piens (Vaso Roto, 2021).
Leche materna (Mātes piens)
Title: Leche materna
Title*: Mātes piens
Vaso Roto, Spain
This novel considers the effects of Soviet rule on a single individual. The central character tries to follow her calling as a doctor. But then the state steps in. Banished to a village, her sense of isolation increases.
Destellos sobre el agua
Destellos sobre el agua (Ūdens mirdzēšana)
Title: Destellos sobre el agua
Title*: Ūdens mirdzēšana
Mary is Mary, it never occurred to her that her meaningless life would be saved by a man who would love her to death.