Dens Dimiņš (Latvia)
Dens Dimiņš was born in Riga, Latvia. He studied Latin, Ancient Greek and French at the University of Latvia and Icelandic at the University of Iceland. He describes the beginning of his Bulgarian language studies as a "coincidence" and highly values Bulgarian poetry (Debelyanov, Dalchev) and prose. He has translated mainly from French and Icelandic, and in recent years also from German, Albanian and Modern Greek.
The Bulgarian authors translated into Latvian by Dens are Georgi Gospodinov, Alek Popov, Milen Ruskov and Vladislav Todorov. He taught literary translation and comparative linguistics and organized a modern Greek literary reading group at the University of Latvia. He works with a sense of mission to overcome language differences and bring foreign literature to his country because he sincerely believes that literature makes the world a better place.
During his residency, Dens Dimiņš will work on the translation of Georgi Gospodinov's novel 'The Physics of Sorrow' and attend lectures on Bulgarian literature at Sofia University.