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The Novel "The Time of the Land Surveyors", 1879, by Writers Reinis Kaudzīte (1839–1920) and Matīss Kaudzīte (1848–1926)

“The Time of the Land Surveyors” (Mērnieku laiki) by brothers Reinis Kaudzīte and Matīss Kaudzīte was the first novel written in the Latvian language and had a powerful impact on the subsequent development of Latvian literature. But beyond its artistic merits, it is also an invaluable social document of a time of great change in the countryside, as Latvians rapidly moved from their traditional agricultural way of life to modern nationhood.