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Is it all right to kill her child in order to save it?

in Riga in 1969. The words ”to live” has been kidnapped and locked up by the gray men, with a cold eye. Which one is classified as a human aspiration and a threat to the state. As for the mother, which is kvinnoläkare and fertilitetsspecialist of forskningsförbud, gives birth to her unwanted child refuses, she will simply feed to it and removed from it in the next few days.

" Why? Perhaps because of her own self-destructive desire for freedom, a refusal to compromise on the terms of men, is not likely to be transmitted through the breast milk to another family. Perhaps, in order that the enlightened ”will to live” can be turned off out of the soviet union, the terms and conditions that they are not able to be passed on.

in addition, The Latvian author of Nora Ikstena a touch of the ”breast milk” in the grim moralfråga of the Toni Morrison is set, in actual historical fact, in ”the Loved one” is this: is it right to kill her child to save it from slavery or of freedom?

In the Ikstenas case, the surviving daughter. The mother is referred to as a village in the forest. She is working late hours at the clinic, is in breach of the rules for the sake of women, smoke, drink, empty pillerburkar. Sometimes they lock her out, and howls for hours on end. Her well-behaved daughter, listening in awe. In the background, there is a grandmother, a hard, marked by the regime's violence, but with a sammanbiten of humanity and decency. All three of the women are unnamed. The daughter said at one point that her mom is a great church bell, with cut off tag. She's swinging wildly, yet nothing is said.

Sometimes, the portrayal of the soviet union, a dictatorship, and the occupation of the republic of Latvia, the unnecessary deklamatorisk. To make links, but that sort of thing. However, there are only minor flaws on the edge. For the story of a mother and her daughter are trapped in a järnbur, that is, in all its simplicity, the total of of the. I think Ikstena succeed, and she is not the exploitation of the pain, but rather, choose a delicate deference. How do you make a human as anyone can be they?

At one time it shocked the daughter as her hamster will eat their newborn pups. Mother lit a cigaret and say, hesitation, that it was boldly done, to one of the characters in the hamsterns a strong desire for freedom.

Ikstena växelklipper neatly between her eyes and her mother's memory. After a overlap of the in a chronological narrative. However, while the policy development is nearing release, it will move the mother to the final decay, a different kind of relief.

Latvia is a Ikstena, a well-known born the same year as the novel's nameless daughter, and the ”breast milk” was a huge success. In Sweden has, baltic literature, although the low-coolhetsfaktor. But ”Breastfeeding” is one of those rare novel that can be loved by all. All.

as Per Wirtén is an author and co-workers Express their Culture. His most recent book is ”Europe, constant Europe”.

the NOVEL by NORA IKSTENA.

their mother's milk.

in Translation Juris Kronbergs.

Crane, 261 pp.

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