Kacena (Kalpiņa) Vera (1912-1999), journalist

Writer, translator Kacena Vera (b. Stakaldere, married Kacena, Kalpiņa) was born on March 15, 1912 in Grīva, Aduliena Parish, in a peasant family. Wife of Voldemārs Kalpiņš, former Minister of Culture.

Graduated from Aduliena Primary School, Riga Jurmala City Gymnasium, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia (1945).

Evacuated to Chuvashia during World War II. Graduated in nursing. She was a paramedic in the army, later an associate of the newspaper "Latviešu Strēlnieks", a special correspondent of the newspaper "Cīņa" (1942-1945). After the war, a special correspondent for the newspaper "Cīņa" (1945 - 1953). Member of the Writers' Union (1946).

1945 - 1955 More than ten stories of Kacena have been published in the newspaper "Cīņa" and in the magazine "Karogs" ("The Strong Woman", "The Spring of the Disabled Beaver", "A Man Lives Once", "Could Not Be Other", "The Patcher of the World", etc.). He wrote a description of the Golden Star Men (1947) about seven riflemen and partisans. The stories have also been published in the collections "Guard of the Guard", "Avant-garde of Battle" (both in 1944), "Roads of Victory" (1950). She has written descriptions of the impressions gained during her business trips to Estonia, Altai, Ukraine, the construction of the Cimlanans HPP and the Volga-Don canal. Some of these descriptions are published in the collection "Yesterday and Today", "In the Soviet Land and the People" (both in 1950). Kacen's works are characterized by war and post-war themes, masculine but at the same time emotional style, bright details.

She has translated the works of J. Fučika, O. Gončara, M. Gorkija, A. Ignatjeva, K. Simonova and others.

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