THE CASTLE OF LIGHT

  • 2008-02-25
Creating proper facilities to house Latvia’s national heritage has been plagued with false starts and delays for almost a century. Since the dawn of democratic Latvia in 1918, the Latvian National Library has been without a permanent home of its own. A letter written to the then-minister of education, Latvian national poet Janis Plieksans, more commonly known simply as Rainis, in 1928 echoes sentiments that are equally applicable today. “It has already been established in several interdepartmental commissions and discussions,” the letter read, “that the current national library...
 
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