Only a couple of days left for the Book Draw.
In A Woman in Amber: Healing the Trauma of War and Exile
, Agate Nesaule brings together truths from a place in history that many
probably did not know existed, and her descriptions of the horrors
and the deprivations inflicted on innocent people remain with the
reader long after the book is finished and returned to its shelf. A
Woman in Amber
is a fitting tribute not only to those who
suffered death or exile during the Soviet invasion of Latvia in the
1940s but also to those who remained behind. The book is split into
two sections: the first dealing with the author's experiences in
Latvia and her forced exile to Germany, the second describing her
life in America as a refugee.
I found the
book interesting more especially given the fact that, in parts, it
parallels my own book The Space in Between
- a book in which the effect of WWII on Latvia in particular and the
Baltic countries in general,
as well as exile and the plight of the refugee,
play a central part.