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Gūtenmorgens

Māris Bērziņš

Latvia Short Stories

Gūtenmorgens

Māris Bērziņš

Author

Māris Bērziņš (1962) is an economist who has also worked as a civil servant and has been fully engaged in writing since 2003. He writes drama, short prose and, more recently, novels. One of his short stories from the Gūtenmorgens collection was even made into a film. His work has been awarded, among other things, the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, and he was included in the Best European Fiction 2017 anthology.

Overview

The partly existentialist and partly already absurd anecdotes about the everyday life of a character named Gūtenmorgens are filled with warm humour. The naive Gūtenmorgens is a tragicomic figure of an average contemporary, always full of excellent and bold ideas about improving the world; he seems as real as your neighbour or yourself, while at the same time providing an excellent playground for satirical demonstration of modern society.

Praise

That's who he is, this Gutenmorgen - a bit of a joke, a bit of a serious, a bit of a genius, a bit of an absurd creature who is no stranger to human existence, even though he himself is probably not human at all. Can a word become human?

Guntis Berelis, writer and literary critic