The Beauty of History
1968 Riga. News of the Prague Spring washes across Europe, causing ripples on either side of the Iron Curtain. A young Estonian woman has agreed to pose as a model for a famous sculptor, who is trying to evade military service and escape to the West. Chance remarks overheard prompt vivid memories of people and places; language itself becomes fluid, by turns deceptive, and reassuring. The Beauty of History is a novel of poetic intensity, of fleeting moods and captured moments. Translated from Estonian by Hildi Hawkins. ""Language itself becomes unreliable and treacherous as it slips in and out of description and observation, memory and longing... Powerful lyricism.""-Kirkus Reviews.
by: Viivi Luik