what happened to our caregiver?

  • Author, illustrator: Pauls Bankovskis

isbn: 978-9934-533-86-0

size: 148x210mm

year: 2017

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This story collection consists of 13 stories about different kinds of pets - cows, cats, pigs, dogs, flies etc. What binds this collection together is the fact that all of these pets were left by their owners due to many tragic events in 20th century Latvian history.

We are used to look at history from our own - human - point of view, but humans have always been accompanied by pets - the silent witnesses of history, yet we never talk about their experience. This book tries to change that, because all the stories here are written from animal perspective. In many cases their distant and often confused look at historic events manages to capture the human and animal tragedy of the 20th century in a more emotional way than human perspective ever could. To each story author has added a key - a short explanation about the historic events that the story is based on. Writer Pauls Bankovskis is also the author of watercolor illustrations.

Writer and journalist Pauls Bankovskis (1973) was born in Līgatne, Latvia. His prose was first published in 1993, and a prolific author, he has now published 10 novels, several collections of short stories, books and works of non-fiction and film scripts. His focus tends to shift from Latvian history, its myths, and legends to the realities of the recent Soviet past and the possibilities of the future. In 2007, Pauls Bankovskis published his first children’s book, The Tiny-Noggins’ Play House/ Mazgalvīši spēlē mājās which was awarded the International Jānis Baltvilks Prize. Bankovskis' works have been translated into German, Czech and Finnish. His latest novel 18, published within a series of historical novels We. Latvia. The 20th Century, and discusses 1918, the year the Republic of Latvia was declared.