Translated by Jayde Will.
Originally written in 1967 and not released in its uncensored form until 2003, Bels’
infamous novel, Insomnia (translated from the Latvian, Bezmiegs) has become a
classic of Cold War writing and continues to exert a major influence over Latvian
This edition contains the official transcripts of the investigative reports regarding
the banning of the book, as well as a statement by Bels himself.
Translated from the Latvian by Jayde Will.
Insomnia is part of the Parthian Baltic project which was launched on time for the London Book Fair 2018. The poetry collections were launched at the Wheatsheaf Parthian Poetry Festival in April 2018.
Alberts Bels is a Latvian author, writer of psychological novels and stories, prominent intellectual figure and honorary member of the Academy of Sciences. His first novel was published in 1967 and several of his books have been turned into films.