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  1. Hi
    Congratulations on your podcast! Well done Joe and Otto.
    I wonder if you'd consider doing something on the proposed Camino de Santiago route in Latvia. I recently heard a discussion about this on Kā Labāk Dzīvot. I think this topic would be of interest to English speakers keen on Latvia.

  2. I wanted to let you know about the book RETURN TO LATVIA by Italian author Marina Jarre that New Vessel Press is publishing in English for the first time on February 21, 2023. I hope you'll write about it in Latvia Weekly.

    Building upon her celebrated autobiography Distant Fathers, Jarre returns to her native Latvia for the first time since she left as a ten-year-old girl in 1935. In Return to Latvia—a masterful collage-like work that is part travelogue, part memoir, part ruminative essay—she looks for traces of her murdered father whom she never bid farewell. Here she attempts to reconcile herself with her past, or at least to heal the wounds of a truncated childhood. Piecing together documents and memories, Return to Latvia explores immense guilt, repression and the complicity of Latvians in the massacres of their Jewish neighbors, highlighting vast Holocaust atrocities that occurred outside the confines of death camps in plain view.

    "A writer uncovers the cruel reality of her family’s past ... A harrowing, culturally rich memoir."
    —Kirkus Reviews

    "A lush and devastating chronicle of a woman’s return to her birthplace to excavate her family’s tumultuous past. Exquisitely written, this contemplative narrative takes you into the heart and mind of a woman in search of truth."
    —Shelly Sanders, author of Daughters of the Occupation

    “A noble book … that like those of Primo Levi should be read by everyone.”

    —L’Indice dei libri del mese

    “Jarre has a moral motivation: to understand behavior as much as possible, to peer into the abject abyss, to probe the reasons for a conspiracy of silence.”

    —Corriere della Sera

    Please let me know your direct email and I will send you a PDF of the book. Thank you.

    Michael Wise
    Publisher, New Vessel Press

    1. Dear Publisher, I’d like to get a pdf copy of the book as proposed.


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