Inga Ābele

Inga Ābele

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Inga Ābele (née Ingrīda Ābele, 1972) is a prose writer, poet and playwright. Inga Ābele is the author of three novels and three collections of short stories. She is one of the most important Latvian writers of her generation due to her unique style, which embraces the richness of language and human psychology, as well as variety of contexts – different historical times and current issues. Her prose builds powerful imagery and atmosphere. Her characters are created through deep psychological research into their souls. Inga Ābele can precisely make them resonate with the setting, be it a typical Latvian household, Latvian rural scenery or a factual historical era in the past. Inga Ābele’s short story Ants and Bumblebees was included in the prose anthology Best European Fiction 2010 published by Dalkey Archive Press, the USA. Inga Ābele's novel High Tide has been published in Swedish by Ariel in 2009 and in 2013 in English by Open Letter, the USA. Her novel Fire Will Not Wake You was published in Lithuanian and Danish in 2007, and in Swedish in 2008. Collection of Inga Ābele's short stories Still Life with Pomegranate was published in French by L’Archange Minotaure in 2005. Inga Ābele's collection of poetry The Horses of Atgazene Station has been published in English.
Her play Dark Deer was simultaneously staged in 2001 by two Latvian theatres – the New Riga Theatre and Valmiera Drama Theatre, then at the Stuttgart State Theatre in 2002, the Bonner Biennale, and in Greece in 2008. In 2006 this play was turned into a film. The play Iron Weed/ Dzelzszāle was staged in Latvia, Denmark, and Finland. The play Jasmine was staged in Latvia and in Lucerne. The play School was staged at the National Theatre of Latvia in 2008. And the play Island in 2009 at the New Riga Theatre, the play Aspazija. Personally. at the New Riga Theatre in 2015. Inga Ābele is also the author of the libretto for the musical Leo. Last Bohemia (2010) staged at the National Theatre of Latvia.