The milk of incomprehension

Dear Nora, Soviet Milk, tr. Margita Gailitis (2018. Original: Mātes piens, 2015) was this odd thing: a butterfly that, going in reverse, moults back into a chrysalis. What had started as a nuanced, enraged depiction of life under Soviet rule, gradually turned into a black and white, poor reproduction of what the book might have been….

Nora Ikstena

Nora Ikstena (1969) is a Latvian writer. She studied Philology at the University of Latvia, and English literature at Columbia University. She is a co-founder of the International Writers and Translators’ House in Ventspils. Awards Baltic Assembly Prize in literature Books In English Life Stories, tr.  Margita Gailitis (2013. Original: Dzīves stāsti, 2004) Soviet Milk, tr.  Margita…