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Kommunalka Child-bookcover

By: Nanda Milbreta

Kommunalka Child

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Nine months after she was conceived as a way to contribute to population growth, just like every other Soviet kid, Kommunalka Child was harvested from a cabbage patch. She was brought up in a bilingual family in a communal apartment in Riga. As she was searching for a place in the world, the Soviet way of life slowly collapsed in the face of Western luxuries.Kommunalka Child takes its time-travellers onboard and triggers the reader’s personal memories and senses of smell, taste and touch. The cinematic storytelling in these funny, touching, embarrassing and absurd illustrated micro-memoirs reveals what life was like in the last decade of the Soviet Union, all through the eyes of a Latvian child.

According to her mother, Nanda was “born soon enough to get a taste of the Soviet Union, but late enough to not be brainwashed by it”. Nanda found a passion for music in her early childhood, and she discovered the power of words through Latvian poets who rebelled against communism in the 80s. She’s fluent in five languages and holds arts degrees from Latvia, France and the Netherlands. She writes and illustrates poems as @littlequibbles and previously used to work with her former partner in the Neon & Landa art duo, creating poetic, organic sound and light installations. Regardless of the season, Nanda loves eating jam straight from the jar.

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