The Beauty of History: A Novel
The Beauty of History is a novel of poetic intensity, of fleeting moods and captured moments. It is powerfully evocative of life within the Baltic States during the Soviet occupation, and of the challenge to artists to express their individuality whilst maintaining at least an outward show of loyalty to the dominant ideology. It tells the story of a young Estonian woman posing for a famous sculptor who is trying to escape to the West. Chance remarks overheard prompt memories of people and places, language itself becomes fluid, by turns deceptive and reassuring. Written on the cusp of independence, as Estonia and Latvia sought to regain their sovereignty in 1991, this is a novel that can be seen as an historic document--wistful, unsettling, and beautiful.
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