(b.1973 in Cesis, Latvia) graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Latvia in 1996. He works for the daily newspaper Diena. During the past ten years, he has published six novels, 2 collections of stories, and innumerable articles. During these years, Bankovskis' scope has been continually increasing -- he deals with the history of Latvia, its myths and legends, recent Soviet reality, as well as possible future scenarios.
For Latvians, the joy in finding themselves in a work of international literature often outweighs any offence at being portrayed as troublemakers and hangers-on. As long as authors get their facts right, that is. [more]