The Testimony of Lives: Narrative and Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia

Synopsis

In 1944, Vieda Skultans left Latvia as a six month-old refugee. In 1990, she returned for the first time. This remarkable book is both a personal account of a homecoming, and an anthropology of a nation trying to come to terms with its past and facing an uncertain future. Based on more than one hundred interviews carried out in the wake of Latvian independence, it gives voice to the stories that could not be told under Soviet rule - stories of dispossession and exile, and of ambiguous returns. At the same time it unpicks the process of memory itself, showing how personal memory is shaped by the traditional narratives of national history and culture.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998