In the shadow of death (Nāves ēnā) is a novel written by Latvian writer Rūdolfs Blaumanis in 1899. Novel events are set on a detached, drifting piece of ice in sea, with fourteen fishermen on it. After a number of days spent at sea in hopelessness, they are finally found. It turns out, however, that the boat is unable to carry all of them; this is followed by the tragic conclusion – drawing of lots to ascertain, who will have to stay on the piece of ice: people, with such choice put before them, are forced to show their true colors (1).
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