Short Story Collection "Subtle Afflictions", 1937, by Writer Eriks Ādamsons (1907–1946)

Eriks Ādamsons’ 1937 short story collection “Subtle Afflictions” (Smalkās kaites) gave notice that the era of modernism had begun in Latvian prose. In these stories written between 1931 and 1937, humanity is revealed as internally conflicted, driven by subconscious urges and complexes; rational desires are suddenly subverted by unrealistic fantasies and passing whims. In these stories Ādamsons’ unique prose style can be seen; his language is idiosyncratic and colourful, and has a real originality, employing terms never before seen in Latvian literature.