Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Ausma Cimdina
About the author AUSMA CIMDINA is an academic writer and literary critic, and a Professor at the University of Latvia (Riga). -She was born in the Latvian village of Jaunpiebalga, completed her studies at the University of Latvia (1974), and obtained her doc-torate at the Latvian Academy of Sciences with her thesis "The essay in Latvian literature: history and poetics" (1992). She is particularly interested in the history of modern criticism and theory, the sociology of literature and feminist epistemology. She has furthered her studies and been a guest lecturer at universities in Oslo, Stockholm, Utrecht and at the Central European University. Currently, she is leading the University of Latvia's component of research studies being undertaken with the universities of Belfast and Pisa, funded by the European Commission. She has published two books, • and a large number of articles in the fields of literary criticism and popular scientific journalism. Several of these have been translated and pub-lished in other languages, in English, German, Russian, Swedish and Estonian. The first edition of this biography of Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga was published in Latvian in 2001. It pined immediate popularity, and was the most bought and read book in Latvia that year. The book was published in Russian in 2002, with a translation by Roald Dobrovenski, one of the most outstanding' writers of the Russian diaspora in Laevia. -A.
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