Five fingers by Mara Zalite

IMG_3409Set in Avotini, Latvia. Reviewed on 2018/08:

#fivefingers is simply a story of #return and with all that it entails. But who gets to return, what part of the new you returns and to where are just the tips of the iceberg. #zālīte superbly destroys one of the oldest and most persisting lies we keep telling ourselves: the idea of return. Nobody ever returns to anywhere at all. You’re inevitably a different person and despite your dreams, sufferings and yearning the world never stopped moving. And just when you think you’ve heard or read this story before, #mārazālīteturns as specific as possible into the plight of #latviandeportations one she knows herself as having been born in #siberia in deportation and growing up with those traumatic memories. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to read these stories in light of a new Russia with bully and imperialist tendencies. #dalkeyarchivepress as usual does a terrific job at providing a bit of #historical context into this horrifying story and even a Latvian-English glossary. While looking for books set in #latvia I was surprised at the amount I managed to find and also how many were written by women. So I’m sure this is just the beginning of my love affair with #latvianliterature#highlyrecommended #rīga #riga#marazalite #zalite #piecipirksti#latvianliteratureseries #comingofge#sovietunion #mybalticweekend

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