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9 popular latvian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Latvia. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.


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Dog Town by Luīze Pastore EN

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Jacob Bird lives in Riga with his father. Jacob loves maps like his dad, and is fascinated by the legend which warns that no one must say `Riga is ready' or the river will flood the town, tall ships will sail down the main street, and the city will have to start all over again. One day Jacob mutters the fateful words. But all that happens is he is sent to live for the summer with his grumpy cousin Mimi and Uncle Eagle, because his dad is too busy to look after him. But strange things are afoot in the run-down Maskatchaka district of Riga, where Jacob now has to live. Evil Skylar Scraper's sche... continue
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DOOM 94

Doom 94 by Jānis Joņevs EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Doom 94 is Jonevs' debut novel, published first as Jelgava 94 in Latvia in 2013 and was quickly proved to be a big hit and bestseller. Translated into 11 languages already, it is here for the first time in English. The story is set in the 1990s in the Latvian city of Jelgava and looks at the burgeoning craze during this decade for the alternative culture of heavy metal music. Jonevs takes the reader deep inside the world of music, combining the intimate diary of a youngster trying to find himself by joining a subculture, as well as a skilful, detailed, and almost documentary-like depiction of ... continue

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High Tide by Inga Ābele EN

Rating: 1 (1 vote)
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Told more or less in reverse chronological order, High Tide is the story of Ieva, her dead lover, her imprisoned husband and the way their youthful decisions dramatically impacted the rest of their lives. Taking place over three decades, High Tide functions as a sort of psychological mystery, with the full scope of Ieva's personal situation and the relationship between the three main characters only becoming clear at the end of the novel. One of Latvia's most notable young writers, Abele is a fresh voice in European fiction, her prose is direct, evocative and exceptionally beautiful.

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Leche materna by Nora Ikstena ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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La novela nos sitúa en Letonia, tres generaciones de mujeres, en un período que va desde el fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y el inicio de la caída de la Unión Soviética; los capítulos son narrados, alternativamente, por hija y nieta. Un recorrido muy interesante e instructivo sobre la vida y peripecias de esta familia, que podrían ilustrar en alguna medida, la de la sociedad letona. Se destaca especialmente cómo cada uno de los personajes hace frente y define su vida en las circunstancias que les toca vivir, en particular el fenó... continue

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Moedermelk

Moedermelk by Nora Ikstena NL

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Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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The central character in the story tries to follow her calling as a doctor. But then the state steps in. She is deprived first of her professional future, then of her identity and finally of her relationship with her daughter

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The Green Crow by Kristine Ulberga EN

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Institutionalized in an asylum, a woman with a record of hallucinations commits her life story to paper. She records, from the age of six, her earliest memories of a drunken and abusive father, the strange men her mother introduced to repair the family, the imaginary forest where she would run for safety and, of course, the giant talking green crow who appeared when she most needed him. The green crow is a conceited, boisterous creature who follows the novel's nameless protagonist throughout her life, until the day that its presence begins to embarrass her. Confined to a tedious domestic life,... continue

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Walking Since Daybreak by Modris Eksteins EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Latvia flag Latvia
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Part history, part autobiography, Eksteins relates the tragic story of the Baltic nations before, during, and after World War II through personal stories from his family. Photos and map.


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