Margarita Stāraste-Bordevīka

Latvian author (1914-2014)

Margarita Stāraste-Bordevīka (Russian: Маргарита Старасте-Бордевика; born Margarita Barvikha (Russian: Маргарита Барвиха); 2 February 1914 – 18 February 2014) was a Russian-born Latvian author and illustrator. She was known for her books for children.

Margarita Stāraste-Bordevīka
BornMargarita Barvikha
(1914-02-02)2 February 1914
Vladimir, Russian Empire
Died18 February 2014(2014-02-18) (aged 100)
Pen nameMargarita Stāraste
OccupationChildren's book author, illustrator
LanguageLatvian, Livonian
CitizenshipRussian Empire
GenreChildren's literature
Notable awardsOrder of the Three Stars

Her most popular books are "Balti tīri sniega vīri" (1942), "Ziemassvētku pasakas" (1943), "Zīļuks" (1961), "Pasaku ābece" (1969) and "Lācīša Rūcīša raibā diena" (1977). Her first book was published in 1942. She co-authored a collection of folk songs in Livonian. "Urū! Rurū!" (1994) was published in both Latvian and Livonian.

She was born Margarita Barvika on 2 February 1914 in Vladimir, Russian Empire. She was awarded the title as Commander of the Order of the Three Stars on 7 April 1999.

Margarita Stāraste-Bordevīka died on 18 February 2014, at the age of 100.[1]


  1. "Mūžībā aizgājusi Margarita Stāraste". TVNET. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) (in Latvian)