Literature Review: Epiphanies

Līga Horgana is back with a literature review of  Epiphanies  written and by Imants Ziedonis and translated by Bititie Vinklers and Ivars Šteibergs. Having become interested in Imants Ziedonis’ (1933-2013) work after reading my previous review about The Colourful Tales , my husband came home recently with another of the poet’s works he had found in our local bookstore. The thin, less than a hundred page book published by Jumava in 2019 contains 39 selections from the most quintessential part of Ziedonis’ work – his three collections of Epiphanies originally published in 1971, 1974 and 1994. This one volume collection uses translations by Bititie Vinklers and Ivars Šteinbergs. What exactly is an “epiphany”? In the foreword to Ziedonis’ first collection that came out in 1971, the author explained that “epiphany is a Greek word — reflection and revelation. Epiphanies are still a little-mentioned genre in the history of literature, they are small impulses, little flashes, in whose light d

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