Kārlis Skalbe (1879-1945)
was born in central Latvia, Vecpiebalga. most of his life was emotionally and physically connected to that place. he was a teacher, a poet and a writer. in latvian, he is best known for his literary tales, expressions of a world-view, insight and visons.
the tales convey a feeling – a sense of there-ness, presence, having-been-ness.
these are my attempts at translation of something untranslatable.
Hill that Sang (Kalns, kas dziedāja)
He Sought a Better Life (Laimes meklētājs)
Hangman’s Daughter (Bendes meitiņa)
King’s Hearthman (Karaļa krāšņkuris)
Tale of a Mouse (Pasaka par pelīti)
How I Sought the Maiden of North (Kā es braucu Ziemeļmeitas lūkoties)