Author archives: zoneplus

Juhan Liiv:
A search for the pure word

By Mathura
ELM 2/2019
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The year 2019 looms large in Estonia’s cultural calendar, marking the 150th anniversary of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration. Its imp...

Viivi Luik and
Tõnu Õnnepalu
5+5


ELM 2/2019
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V: Have you felt great reverence at least once in your life? T: I have no idea what great reverence is. Whenever anyone talks about the ...

Veronika Kivisilla
A perfect day

By Veronika Kivisilla
ELM 2/2019
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A perfect day naturally begins early in the morning. That is my time! I hope I never learn to sleep in! I’d never exchange the promisin...

Eda Ahi
Warmth
and
perturbation

By ELM
ELM 1/2019
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Eda Ahi is a poet whose sharp words, impeccable sense of rhythm, and rich imagery has captivated readers since her very first collection. M...

Mihkel Mutt
All is Well

By Siim Lill
ELM 1/2019
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Fabian, 2018. 192 pp.ISBN 9789949933686 Mihkel Mutt’s collection of short prose All is Well, published in late 2018, is a follow-up to h...

Kai Aareleid
Secret Lives

By Elisa-Johanna Liiv
ELM 1/2019
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Varrak, 2018. 152 pp.ISBN 9789985345016 Kai Aareleid’s first short-story collection Secret Lives comprises novellas and miniatures writt...

Mehis Heinsaar
The Gardener of Tension Fields

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2019
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Verb, 2018. 96 pp.ISBN 9789949723812Mehis Heinsaar’s baroquely fantastical world of writing no longer needs a greater introduction for Esto...

Veronika Kivisilla
Until Love Sparks

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2019
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Hunt, 2018. 224 pp.ISBN 9789949731909 Occasionally, people speak in alarm about how the digital age has sentenced ‘cherished old book cu...

Maarja Kangro
My Awards

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2019
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Nähtamatu Ahv, 2018. 336 pp.ISBN 9789949886623Writing about literature is always rife with dangers. One pitfall is that the author ends up ...

Rein Raud
Last One Turns Out the Light

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2019
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Salv, 2018. 192 pp.ISBN 9789949887408 Rein Raud is an author riveted by society. In addition to writing prose, poetry, and drama, he is ...

Andrus Kivirähk
Tilda and the Dust Angel

By Krista Kumberg
ELM 1/2019
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FD Distribution, 2018. 144 pp.ISBN 9789949724802 For anyone expecting to find Andrus Kivirähk’s usual mischievous humor imbedded with im...

Anti Saar
Pärt and the Last Piece of Cake

By Tiina Undrits
ELM 1/2019
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Päike ja Pilv 2018. 32 ppISBN 9789949728527 Growing up is a big adventure and a challenge, especially when you’re a seven-year-old b...

Danutė Giraitė:
work = hobby = lifestyle

By Pille-Riin Larm
ELM 2019/1
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Danutė Sirijos Giraitė has been translating Estonian literature into Lithuanian for over 40 years, with a list of titles that spans prose, ...

Kristjan Haljak
Poète maudit?

By Siim Lill
ELM 1/2019
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Kristjan Haljak is a poet, translator, and instructor of literature. Haljak has occasionally been called a Decadent (no matter whether seri...

Tiit Aleksejev
Hortus Conclusus

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2019
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We attack from three sides at once. From the south where the moat is now the shallowest and it’s possible to nudge the siege tower up to th...

Tiit Aleksejev
Places of writing

By Tiit Aleksejev
ELM 1/2019
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Places of writing can be divided into two: those where writing is possible in general, and those that have a direct connection to the subje...

Eduard Vilde

By Toomas Haug
ELM 1999/1
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Eduard Vilde (1865-1933) was the first Estonian prose writer to achieve classic status, and he has thereby come to be regarded as the most ...

Literature and Diplomacy

by Janika Kronberg
2/2006
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Diplomacy and literature, or fine arts in general, can be viewed as the opposing spheres of human activities. In everyday language, diploma...

Poetry by Betti Alver

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  The Star-Bright Hour The wind won’t ask: to what did life amount? To yourself you’ll render your own account. However long,...

Poetry by Aare Pilv

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2018
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  * in the clear winter night there’s one window still light, behind it a grown man curses his slow computer. that man is me...

Siret Campbell
Beatrice

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 2/2018
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Siret Campbell, Beatrice Siret Campbell, 2018. 60 pp ISBN 9789949880256 (also available in English:  ISBN: 9789949886517) Near-future sc...

Leelo Tungal
Comrade Kid

By Maria Lee Liivak
2/2018
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Leelo Tungal, Seltsimees laps (Comrade Kid) Tänapäev, 2018. 512 pp ISBN 9789949853076   Leelo Tungal’s Comrade Kid trilogy – Co...

A Perfect Day

By Eva Koff
ELM 2/2018
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"A Perfect Day" is a new ELM column, in which individuals associated with literature in Estonia share their recipes for a perfect day. The f...

Vahur Afanasjev
Serafima and Bogdan

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2018
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  Excerpt from the chapter “Deportation”   The widow Glafira’s sauna has been heated. Sitting in the cramped dressing roo...

The Dodo’s decision

By Maarja Kangro
ELM 2/2018
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“Everybody has won and all must have prizes.”   Those are the Dodo’s words in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and both James F. E...

Olle Lauli
The Abyss

By Oliver Berg
ELM 2/2018
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Olle Lauli, Kuristik (The Abyss) Tallinn, Gallus, 2018. 439 pp ISBN 9789949720637 Olle Lauli, writing under a pseudonym, is inarguably ...

Berk Vaher
Behind the Corner of the Eye

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 2/2018
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Berk Vaher, Silmanurga taga (Behind the Corner of the Eye) Elusamus 2018, 56 pp. ISBN 9789949884346 The title Silmanurga taga (Behind the...

Andra Teede
Tall Men, Long Lives

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 2/2018
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Andra Teede, Pikad mehed, pikad elud (Tall Men, Long Lives) Jumalikud ilmutused, 2018. 70 pp. ISBN 9789949519934 Andra Teede is a poet an...

Indrek Hargla
The Three-Spirit Stone

By Peeter Helme
ELM 2/2018
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Indrek Hargla, Kolmevaimukivi (The Three-Spirit Stone) Raudhammas, 2018. 425 pp ISBN 9789949985166   This spring, Indrek Hargla...

Rein Raud –
A cosmopolitan with roots

An interview by Joonas Hellerma
ELM 1/2018
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The Estonian public knows Rein Raud foremost as an intellectual and a scholar of the humanities who doesn’t balk at speaking up in discussio...

Doris Kareva
High tension captured in bare palms

An interview by Jürgen Rooste
ELM 1/2018
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I’ve known Doris Kareva for many years. I know her to be a good person, editor, and poet, who works persistently to help and publish other p...

Love doesn’t exist
in a vacuum

By Maarja Vaino
ELM 1/2018
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Published in 1935, I Loved a German (Ma armastasin sakslast) was the seventh novel written by the Estonian literary classic A. H. Tammsaare ...

Rein Raud
Bell and Hammer

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2018
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  Undivere Manor, North-Central Estonia. 1979.   Arno was left alone in the lounge of the sauna house. I suppose I should...

Eeva Park
Sensuous and social

By Johanna Ross
ELM 2018/1
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A woman furtively squeezes the rounded surfaces of hard, unripe pears in her purse: she must somehow change the mind of a man who is threate...

Poetry by Eeva Park

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2018
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* It wasn't I who made you this way said Darwin, the divine intuitive care of genetics opted to give you light hair and a dark l...

A regular writer’s salary: Really?

By Piret Põldver
ELM 1/2018
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Estonia is a small country where people generally can’t make a living purely on art and literature: the market simply isn’t large enough. ...

Eva Koff
Blue Mountain

By Erik Aru
ELM 1/2018
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Eva Koff, Sinine mägi (Blue Mountain) Tallinn, Varrak, 2017. 440 pp ISBN 9789985342213 Eva Koff’s Blue Mountain, which shared 2nd and 3...

Vahur Afanasjev
Serafima and Bogdan

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2018
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Vahur Afanasjev, Serafima ja Bogdan (Serafima and Bogdan) Vemsa, 2017. 560 pp ISBN  9789949880355 The plot of Vahur Afanasjev’s opus ma...

Carolina Pihelgas
Details of Darkness

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 2018/1
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Carolina Pihelgas, Pimeduse pisiasjad (Details of Darkness) Kaksikhammas, 2017, 84 pp ISBN 9789949999101 Carolina Pihelgas’s fifth poet...

Hasso Krull
We Carried the Ladder with Us

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2018
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Hasso Krull, Kandsime redelit kaasas (We Carried the Ladder with Us) Tartu, Kaksikhammas, 2017, 64 pp ISBN  9789949880188 Carolina Pihe...

Madli Lippur
June/Julien

By Erik Aru
ELM 1/2018
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Madli Lippur, June/Julien Tallinn, Tänapäev, 2016. 328 pp ISBN 9789949850280 Madli Lippur’s highly praised debut June / Julien is a nov...

Jan Kaus
Compass

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2018
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Jan Kaus, Kompass. Miniatuurromaan (Compass. A short prose novel) Hea Lugu, 2017. 111 pp ISBN  9789949589647 Although Jan Kaus has penn...

Triin Soomets
Free Money

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2018
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Triin Soomets, Vaba raha (Free Money) Tallinn, Nynorden 2017. 64 pp ISBN: 9789949960071   Triin Soomets is known foremost as an...

Andrei Ivanov
Bathyscaphe

By Oliver Berg
ELM 1/2018
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Andrei Ivanov, Batüskaaf (Bathyscaphe) Tallinn: Tänapäev, 2017. 335 pp. ISBN  9789949851713  Andrei Ivanov’s world cannot simply be rea...

Paavo Matsin
The Black Sun

By Erik Aru
ELM 1/2018
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Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzmatsin (Paavo Matsin) Must päike (The Black Sun) Lepp ja Nagel, 2017, 192 pp EAN   9789789949885 Paavo Matsin...

Maimu Berg
A women’s self-esteem booster

By Aita Kivi
ELM 2/2017
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The Estonian writer and politician Maimu Berg (71) mesmerizes readers with her audacity in directly addressing some topics that are even see...

Maarja Kangro
The pain treshold

An interview by Tiina Kirss
ELM 2/2017
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Several years ago, Maarja Kangro began publishing bold, sometimes stylistically grating and riotous poetry and prose in Estonian. She is als...

Maarja Kangro
The Glass Child

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2017
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, ~3:00 PM   My throat hurt and felt swollen. At first, I thought I’d caught a cold from the open wi...

Poetry by Vladislav Koržets

Translated by Adam Cullen
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Cycle The night before last Wednesday, my pup died of infection, and was laid to rest out back until the resurrection. He won’t be poki...

Vladislav Koržets
“Here I am now!”

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2017
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Vladislav Koržets (1951) is a long-time celebrity Estonian writer and fisherman, whose poetry debut Songs or Such (Laulud või nii) appeared ...

Siuru
in the winds of freedom

By Elle-Mari Talivee
ELM 2/2017
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Siuru, a literary group of the utmost importance in Estonia’s cultural context, was founded in May 1917. It was the second-to-last year of W...

Fear and loathing
in little villages

By Mari Klein
ELM 2/2017
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Over the last few years, the writers Birk Rohelend and Katrin Pauts have set out to enrich the Estonian crime genre with grim, trying tales ...

Job Lisman
Being led by literature

An interview by ELM
ELM 1/2017
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Job Lisman is the editorial director of Prometheus/Bert Bakker Publishers in the Netherlands, which publishes such bestselling authors as Je...

Estonian Literary Awards
2016

By Piret Viires
ELM 2/2017
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Jaan Kaplinski received a lifetime creative achievement award from the Republic of Estonia. Andrei Ivanov was likewise recognized for his cr...

Urmas Vadi
Neverland

By Peeter Helme
ELM 2/2017
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Urmas Vadi. Neverland Kolm Tarka, 2017. 352 pp Issues of identity remain topical in Estonian literature, and are addressed by Urmas Vadi...

Armin Kõomägi
The Secret
of My Eroticism

By Peeter Helme
ELM 2/2017
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Armin Kõomägi. Minu erootika saladus. (The Secret of My Eroticism) Sebastian Loeb, 2017. 238 pp Kõomägi has commented that the most intr...

Maimu Berg
Hitler in Mustjala

By Peeter Helme
ELM 2/2017
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Maimu Berg. Hitler Mustjalas (Hitler in Mustjala) Short Stories Tuum, 2016. 221 pp Hitler sells; it’s true. He’s become one of modern s...

Eda Ahi
Harbor

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2017
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Eda Ahi. Sadam (Harbor) Tallinn, Verb, 2017. 48 pp ISBN 9789949984152 Eda Ahi is a self-standing great of contemporary Estonian poetry....

Elo Viiding
Consciousmaker

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2017
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Elo Viiding, Teadvuselooja (Consciousmaker). Tallinn, Tuum, 2016. 64 pp ISBN 9789949979431 Consciousmaker begins in a psycho-mythologic...

Kristjan Haljak
Conceptio Immaculata

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2017
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Kristjan Haljak. Conceptio Immaculata. Tallinn, Vihmakass ja Kakerdaja, 2017. 65 pp ISBN 9789949811212 Kristjan Haljak is the only cred...

Triin Soomets
Chosen Qualities

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 1/2017
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Triin Soomets, Valitud omadused (Chosen Qualities) Tallinn, Tuum, 2016. 327 pp. ISBN: 9789949979424 Chosen Qualities (Valitud omadused)...

Tarmo Teder
Andrus’ Life and Joy

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 1/2017
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Tarmo Teder, Andruse elu ja õnn (Andrus’ Life and Joy) Tallinn, Eesti Keele Sihtasutus, 2016. 102 pp. ISBN: 9789985796795 Tarmo Teder (19...

Katrin Johanson
Atlantis in a Cove

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2017
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Katrin Johanson, Atlantis abajas (Atlantis in a Cove) Tallinn, Varrak, 2016. 160 pp. ISBN: 9789985337967 Katrin Johanson’s (1972) entra...

Maarja Kangro
The Glass Child

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 1/2017
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Maarja Kangro, Klaaslaps (The Glass Child) Tallinn, Nähtamatu Ahv, 2016. 208 pp. ISBN: 9789949813629 Maarja Kangro (1973) has been one ...

Eeva Park
Pets’ Paradise

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2017
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Eeva Park, Lemmikloomade paradiis (Pets’ Paradise) Tallinn, Verb, 2016. 239 pp ISBN: 9789949984138 Eeva Park (1950) is one of those rar...

Silvia Urgas
It´s just about late enough

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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it’s just about late enough that the clock hands show you’re-a dope-for-caring- but-time-for-us-to-have-one-more-drink-now and some guy i...

Mihkel Mutt
The Estonian Circumciser

Translated and commented by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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With Mihkel Mutt’s (1953) first novel since his hefty work The Cavemen Chronicle (2012), the unparalleled master of Estonian irony has emerg...

Nikolai Baturin:
A celebrated stranger

By Berk Vaher
ELM 1/2017
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How can one explain Nikolai Baturin’s works and creative identity to someone from a different and distant culture, when they are quite the m...