Displaced Literature
Images of Time and Space in Latvian Novels
Depicting the First Years of the Latvian Postwar Exile

By Juris Rozitis
Stockholm Studies in Baltic Languages, No. 5
December 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9185445096
313 pages, Illustrated, 5 " x 8"
$89.50 Paper Original


In the years immediately following the Second World War, the main part of Latvian literature was produced by writers living outside Latvia. To this day Latvian literature continues to be written outside Latvia, albeit to a much smaller extent. This study examines those Latvian novels, written outside Latvia after the Second World War, which depict the realities of the early years of exile.

The aim of the study is to describe the image of the world of exile as depicted in these novels. Borrowing from Bakhtin's concept of the chronotope, images relating to time and space in these novels are examined in order to discern a mental topography of exile common to all these novels – a chronotope of exile.

Literature; Language Studies

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