US, Baltic States: equal strategic partners (Chancery of the President)

05.09.2013. 12:32


On January 23, 2013 a book launch was held at the Embassy of Latvia in honor of William Burton McCormick’s recently published historical novel „Lenin’s Harem.”

Set in Russia and Latvia between 1905 and 1941, Lenin’s Harem is a story of nationhood, brotherhood and love throughout the most turbulent years of the twentieth century. The novel explores identity in a time of changing loyalties, and the search for a just struggle when all causes are tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.

In introducing the author, Ambassador Andris Razans highlighted the fact that Bill McCormick has done an incredible amount of research in writing this book, which presents Latvia’s complicated history in an intriguing fashion. The Ambassador added that he considers the book to be a good resource for those wanting to learn more about this period in Latvia’s history. William McCormick spent many years gathering information and interviewing people for his novel, visiting museums and archives in both Latvia and Russia.

In discussing his first novel, the author accented his interest in bringing alive the stories and fates of Latvian Riflemen, focusing on various historic events from the 1905 Revolution through the eve of World War II.

Following a question and answer session, the author was available to sign books for those who attended the event.

Information on the novel is available: www.leninsharem.com.

above photo: Valts Vîtums, Embassy of Latvia