Writing around the past

  • 1998-08-20
  • By Michael Illuzzi
In surmounting the nation's onerous past of oppression, deportations, wars, occupations, and censorship Latvian literature tries to find a new voice that will resonate with the changing times, as Michael Illuzzi discovers.Although the works of young Latvian writers generally contain only sparse references and allusions to Latvia's arduous history, the country's difficult past has left an indelible mark on Latvian literature. "Every writer writing in the Latvian language feels [Latvia's] difficult past. It is behind them, inside them. We can't live without this history and cultural heritage,...
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