Hotel Riga (1999)
Collection of short stories Hotel Riga. Riga: Self-published, 1999. In Latvian and English.
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, especially the art world. The short stories collected in this volume are like songs about love and longing.
Cover photo by Arnis Balcus. Cover design and inside photos by Toms Vitins.
Photo by Toms Vitins. Riga, 1999.