Wschodni Express: Juris Kronbergs “Wilk Jedno Oko”| book launch and panel discussion
25.06.2021 | 16.00–17.00 Próba Cafe – patio, Grodzka 5a
translated from Latvian into Polish by Olga Wiewióra, cover designed by Ewelina Kruszewska
Panellists: Olga Wiewióra – translator, prof. Krzysztof Zajas – afterword, Ewa Hadrian – moderator
“The One-Eyed Wolf will not lose his race with death. Not yet. But his situation is looking rather grim, if not entirely dark. The theme of light losing to darkness is also repeated. One eye reflects an individual perspective that can be important or not, accurate or disfigured, divine or primitive – but it’s mine.”
prof. Krzysztof Zajas (from the introduction)
Juris Kronbergs | Latvia (9 August 1946 – 6 July 2020) – a Latvian poet and translator who spent his life in Sweden. He studied Scandinavian and Baltic languages as well as the history of literature at the University of Stockholm. He debuted in the middle of 1960. His works veered between two cultures – Swedish and Latvian. His translations of 20th and 21st-century literature include selected poems by the Nobel Prize winner Thomas Tranströmer and Ulf Eriksson’s novel Creatures of Glass / Varelser av glas (Janis Roze, 2010). Kronberg’s work has become one of the best examples of rebellion in Latvian literature of the 1960s. He was a chairman of the Latvian PEN Club, worked as an interpreter for the Swedish parliament and served as a cultural attaché at the Latvian embassy in Stockholm. He died on 6 July 2020.