A Latvian fairy tale destined for the stars

  • 1999-10-21
  • By Benjamin Smith
RIGA - Latvia is uncommonly well suited to fairy tales, being nearly half covered by dense, wet forests. And the story told by astronomer Juris Zagars starts out like a fairy tale, in the dark woods of Latvia's southern coast.Zagars, 50 years old, slim and bespectacled, normally works in a small, book-filled office at the very top of Latvijas University. One winter's day in 1993, the academic was shown a secret map, and he followed it to a ghost town in the forest. He walked through deserted streets, moving among derelict buildings with missing windows, until he came across the tool of an a...
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