Kristīne Ulberga

Writer Kristīne UIberga was born in Riga in 1979. She studied theology at the University of Latvia. Her first novel and a book for young adults was I Don’t Read Books (Es grāmatas nelasu, 2008, also published in English) whose manuscript, before its publication, was awarded the Jānis Baltvilks Prize as the second best manuscript in the fiction group for young adults.  The success of this book among teenage readers led to two more in the series: I Don’t Read Books 2 (Es grāmatas nelasu 2, 2008) and The Virtual Angel (Virtuālais eņģelis, 2008).  Her first novel for adults The Green Crow (Zaļā vārna) was published in 2011 and won the Raimonds Gerkens Prize for original literature, the Annual Latvian Literature Prize in 2012. Kristīne Ulberga has also published several short stories in Latvian literary magazines, newspapers and anthologies. Currently Ulberga is working on her next novel and teaching creative writing to young adults in her hometown of Ventspils in Latvia.

"The Green  Crow"
The main character of the novel –­ a young woman – finds out that she has lost the most important thing, herself, in her secure everyday routine. This is a story about the desire to be understood and accepted, about adapting ourselves, sometimes perhaps a little too much. Luckily, Green Crow can help to the young woman and turns the searching and finding herself into a breathtaking trip.

"The protagonist tries to free herself from the traditional burdens a woman faces: dirty dishes, meals, the mop, a despotic scoundrel of a husband, spoiled children. At times, her consciousness reaches into a childhood marked by a lack of love, at others, it explores the rhythms of the life of an adult woman. The dense with detail and creative text talks about the fear of death as a result of a lack of love, about the complicated relationship between father and mother, about the feeling of lack of freedom and desire to return to that golden age where everyone loves everyone else, and the light which "we are to throw at each other". The Green Crow often makes the reader laugh out loud or feel desperate and indignant about the injustice […], but we are mesmerized just like when reading Michel Houellebecq when the sick feeling over what we have just read is replaced by a pure desire to get immersed in the world revealed by the author." – Ieva Plūme, KDiena.