Writer Andra Neiburga passes away at 62

Andra Neiburga, a literary icon who was able to put humane feeling into literature touching upon the turbulence of the 1990s, passed away on March 2, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.

Born in 1957, Neiburga was a graduate of the Latvian Academy of Art and worked as an editor before taking up management of her family estate. 

But she is best known for her short stories, with the 2004 collection Stum, stum becoming a cult classic.

"Several times, I have seen young people walking on the street and reading Andra Neiburga's stories, the re-issued version. It shows the power and depth of her prose, which marries the grotesque with the comical and the tragic, and the sad, and the life-affirming," said literary critic Jānis Ozoliņš. 

"I could say that Andra Neiburga is a very humanistic author. It was a line of thought that was very, very important to her," said Ozoliņš.

Neiburga's first story was published in 1985. She has also produced a notable children's book, Tille un suņu vīrs – adapted as a feature film in 2002 – and translations of Mikhail Bulgakov, Oscar Wilde and others.

In 2017 a conference dedicated to her work was held.

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