Read Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe Online Free - Raised by her Latvian grandparents in Washington State, Inara Verzemnieks grew up among expatriates, scattering smuggled Latvian sand over the coffins of the dead, singing folk songs with other children about a land none of them had visited. Her grandmother’s stories re-created in vivid, nostalgic detail the family farm she’d left behind in a borderland violently contested during the Second World War. In the fighting, her grandmother Livija and her grandmother’s sister, Ausma, were separated and would not see each other again for more than fifty years.
Journeying back to the remote village where her family broke apart, Inara comes to know Ausma and the trauma of her exile to Siberia under Stalin, while reconstructing Livija’s survival through her years as a refugee. In bringing together these two sides of the family story, Inara honors both sisters in a deeply cathartic and moving account of loss, survival, resilience, and love.
|Title||:||Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe|
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June 14, 2017
Amazing book. amazing story! This book is so well written and calls on so many emotions. I love how the story is intertwined and makes you feel you are there experiencing/seeing/smelling what is being described. This is a fantastic telling of a incredible story. I highly recommend this book. I wo...
August 20, 2017
An astonishingly vivid and deeply moving work of family history by Inara Verzemnieks -- as impressive, I think, as Susan Faludi's "In the Darkroom," and about as close to a perfectly realized melding of memoir and personal investigation into world events as it gets. Inara (disclosure: a friend of...
July 12, 2017
An emotional beautifully written life story.We are drawn into the authors life traumas world an amazing tale.
October 11, 2017
This is a beautiful book in so many ways.
September 10, 2017
Another WWII book written by a granddaughter. Verzemnieks worked to balance her desire to know with the relatives' need to forget in her yearly visits to Latvia and the relatives who had stayed behind. I think she said she went five times after her grandmother died.
The grandmother managed to esca...
October 02, 2017
Lovely exploration of family -- and lost -- memory. Is it usually true that our forbears try to hide the painful memories of the past? I wonder if that is one of the roots of our bad history-telling even in school. If we can't tell -- or bear -- the truth about our own families, then how can we b...
July 23, 2017
Inara Verzemnieks writes of her family, both those in Washington State and in Latvia. She writes with the depth of one who, along with the comics her grandmother read to her, has absorbed family history and the songs, dances and myths of her heritage. With her, we experience the wartime tearing a...
October 05, 2017
Inara Verzemnieks is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and has won several awards, least of which a creative nonfiction award. This creative nonfiction award so perfectly captures why this book is so incredible. Inara unravels her grandmother’s life in this nonfict...
August 16, 2017
Beautiful book about a Latvian family and their ties to their family farm, and the impact on the family of WWII.
they brought, "bottles of Black Balsam, Latvia's national liquor, a drink that tastes as if one is alternately tonguing the unfurled buds of trees, then their hot pitch. It's revered fo...
September 25, 2017
An excellent and a timely memoir by Inara Verzemnieks. This is a masterfully written chronicle of a Latvian family that was displaced by war and gave a perspective from an area of the world that is often overlooked and aptly described the horrors experienced by the refugees during and after invas...