Jānis Joņevs

  • Latvia

Jānis Joņevs (1980) is a prose writer. His first semi-biographical novel Jelgava ’94 (Doom 94 in English translation)immediately became a cult book among readers. During the Latvian TV show “Great Reading” the novel was chosen among the 100 most favourite Latvian books of all times. It was also praised among critics and received numerous awards. This novel has been adapted for the theatre performance by Jelgava New Theatre, and shot as a film Jelgava ’94” – a portrait of a generation in the 1990s who are searching for their own identity and are fans of alternative culture – fill was well acclaimed and received several Latvian National Film Awards in 2019. The book has been translated into 9 languages (French, Norwegian, Slovenian, Croatian, Estonian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, English). In English it was published by Wrecking Ball Press, UK and translated by Kaija Straumanis in 2018.Jānis Joņevs also writes short stories, especially for children, translates from French, Jānis Joņevs together with Mārcis Lācis have written a play for the black comedy theatre performance  Bārdas/The Beards staged at Dirty Deal Teatro in Riga in 2015, and the play Rīga. Urbānie mīti/ Riga. Urban Myths staged at the New Riga Theatre in 2016. Also he together with publicist Anete Konste  have written a stories for the theatre performance Zvērīgā mīla/ Beastly Love staged at Dirty Deal Tearo in 2017.