New French book profiles the Latvians

A new book by one of France's leading publishing houses offers a fresh profile of Latvia and, more particularly, the Latvians.

Titled, appropriately enough, 'Les Lettons', the book is part of a series profiling different peoples of the world and is written by Celine Bayou and Eric le Bourhis, reports LSM's Brussels correspondent Ina Strazdina.

The book includes interviews and portraits with various Latvian people on various topics in order to better explain the country in France, where Latvia or "Lettonie" is still a vague idea to certain parts of society. The authors say that it is the fruit of a long-held interest in the country and the Baltic region, and that it took them two years to write.

'Les Lettons' was launched at the Latvian embassy in Paris on March 2.

The book is written in French only and runs to 144 pages. The first print run issued by the Ateliers Henry Dougier publishing house is of 2,000 copies, but it is also available in electronic form.

It is hoped it mght even be a popular purchase among Latvians living in France who can give a copy to friends or colleagues in order to explain where they come from.

You can read more about the book and order a copy, priced €12 for the printed version HERE, with the official description saying Latvians are "courageous", "open minded" and "faithful to their ancestral traditions," while having a capacity to "play with contradictions," without seeming contradictory themselves.

It looks like an interesting read.

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