Riga Warmth (2003)
Novel Rigas Siltums [Riga Warmth]. Riga: Atena, 2003. 255 pages, in Latvian.
Before her career as art and photography historian, Alise Tifentale has published three fiction books – a short story collection Hotel Rīga (1999) and two novels, The Main Prize: A Trip for Two (2001) and Riga Warmth (2003). Since 1996 her stories and fragments of works in progress have appeared in several publications and translated into English, German, Finnish, Lithuanian, and Estonian.
Her writing combines autobiographical notes with fiction, inspired by the American author Hunter S. Thompson and Latvian-American writer Anšlavs Eglītis. Tifentale's novels reflect upon the paradoxes of contemporary life, shaped by mainstream mass culture as well as by the unwritten codes of different subcultures, such as the art world of a small, but ambitious city. It is exactly the milieu where the heart-breaking events of Riga Warmth evolve.
Book cover designed by Toms Vitins.