March 20, 2018. I offer this book to the People`s Bookshelf in loving memory of Biruta Freilande Blumberga, my birthfather`s cousin and the first blood relative I ever met.
Writer and chronicher of soviet Latvia, Biruta was my gateway to self – discovery, my guide through all things Latvian, as I have described in the foreword to this volume.
We lost Biruta in 2016, just days before her 85th birthday. May the soil rest gently on her.