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Literature Review: Doom 94

Last month, Līga Horgana began writing reviews of Latvian books that have been translated for an English audience with her look at Nora Ikstena's Soviet Milk. This week, she takes on Jānis Joņevs' 2013 novel Doom 94.
Review by Līga Horgana
Jelgava 94, written by Jānis Joņevs in 2013 and translated to English as Doom 94 by Kaija Straumanis in 2018, is a story about being a doom metal-loving teenager in a country that had just regained its independence from the USSR. The author compares them saying that the country was just like an adolescent – there was chaos and nothing was really forbidden.[1] The story starts on the 5th of April 1994, the death of Kurt Cobain and a 14 years old boy’s revelation that completely changed his life and goes on leading the reader in a captivating journey reminding once again what it means to be young.

“Then, suddenly, I found myself on the other side of a barricade. As if I had spent the past fourteen years not gathering knowledge about life, but ga…

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