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How Long Is Exile?

BOOK I: The Song and Dance Festival of Free Latvians

Follow a meditative, reflective life-based fiction that probes deeply into Milda Bērziņa-Arājs’ psyche and also of others who travel the journey with her.

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ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781514403259
ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781514403266
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781514403242

 


 

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How Long is Exile?

BOOK II Out of the Ruins of Germany

Follow Milda’s Bērziņš-Arājs’ flashback of her early teens during and immediately after World War II in war-torn Germany (1944-45).

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ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781514428467
ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781514491539
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781514428450

 


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How Long is Exile?

BOOK III The Long Road Home

Witness how a Latvian girl, Milda Bērziņa, unrepentantly loses home, family & country as the German-Russian eastern frontline cuts across Kurzeme and sends hundreds of people, including her and her aunt into permanent exile.

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ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781514426296
ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781514426302
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781514426289

 


 

The Coveted Recipe
 
The Coveted Recipe may be a part of that story, only steeped in the Dark Ages. I am not sure what it is and where it belongs. Is it an adult fairy tale? A sad tragedy of times past? Or a parable of human nature that in changing remains the same, where innocent people are caught in webs of misplaced fears, laws, and regulations?

It came to me on a sunny day in Berlin as I sat in an U-Bahn that passed along the broken graffiti-smeared Berlin Wall, thinking how it had locked people in—like the Iron Curtain—and how many suffered and died behind those walls that had cut through lives and loves, leaving trails of guilt and sin on all sides. And then I thought about punishments, such as witch hunts and dungeons and prisons and wars. Seeing the devastation through a foggy window, I hoped that the train was speeding into a new and better age . . .


 
 

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