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Skujenieks, Knuts

LC control no.n 90700542
Descriptive conventionsrda
LC classificationPG9049.29.K34
Personal name headingSkujenieks, Knuts
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Variant(s)Skuenieks, Knut
Skujenieks, K. (Knut)
Birth date1936
Found inHis Paša austs krekls, 1987: t.p. (Knuts Skujenieks) colophon (Knut Skuenieks)
Dziesmu dziesma, 1993: t.p. (K. Skujenieka) colophon (Knuts Skujenieks)
Seed in snow, 2016: CIP t.p. (Knuts Skujenieks) data view ("Knuts Skujenieks, born in Latvia in 1936, studied philology and history at the University of Latvia, and from 1956 to 1961 attended the Maksim Gorky Institute for Literature in Moscow. Soon after his return to Latvia, he was arrested on trumped-up charges of anti-Soviet activity and sentenced to seven years in the Mordovia gulag (1963-69). There, however, he wrote intensively and sent out in letters several hundred poems, first published in their entirety in 2002 as Sekla sniega (Seed in Snow). Returning to Latvia in 1969, he found publication of his work restricted, and made a living as a translator. A polyglot, he has translated into Latvian such poets as Lorca, Ritsos, Neruda, Vallejo, Galczinsky, and Tranströmer; poetry from little-known languages; and European folk songs. His first volume of poetry, allowed to be published in 1978, has been followed by four others, and his collected works (8 vols.) were published in 2002-8. Skujenieks has received the highest literary and state honors in Latvia, as well as awards across Europe, including Sweden's Tomas Tranströmer prize, and his poetry has been translated into more than thirty languages (including collections in Polish, Armenian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Italian, and three in Swedish). He lives in Salaspils, Latvia")