Janis Jaunsudrabins

Jaunsudrabiņš, Jānis


Born Aug. 13 (25), 1877, in the volost (small rural district) of Nereta, in what is now the Latvian SSR; died Aug. 28, 1962, in the Federal Republic of Germany. Latvian writer.

Jaunsudrabiņš graduated from an art school in Riga in 1904. First published in 1896, he became one of the most prominent realists in pre-Soviet Latvian literature. Jaunsudrabiņš depicted, for the most part, rural life. His childhood reminiscences, The White Book (vols. 1–2, 1914–21), were an important contribution to Latvian children’s literature. He was also the author of the trilogy Aija (parts 1–3, 1911–24; Russian translation, 1973) and the novel The New Owner and the Devil (1933). Jaunsudrabins emigrated to Germany in 1944. The Green Book, written in emigration as a sequel to The White Book, was published in Riga in 1959.


Kopoti raksti, vols. 1–8, Riga, 1927–31.
Sviesta maize. Riga, 1974.
In Russian translation:
Tsvety vetra. Riga, 1969.


Istoriia latyshskoi literatury, vol. 1. Riga, 1971.