Author archives: zoneplus

Mudlum
Polish Boys

By Helena Läks
ELM 2/2020
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EU Prize for Literature Laureate 2020 To write about one of the most distinctive and vibrant cultural groups to emerge in Estonia in rec...

Silvia Urgas
chrome firefox safari

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2020
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I could recounthow curacao’s longest bridge is called“our swinging old lady”and passing over the bayyou sure don’t surpass yourselfbut ...

Eia Uus
What It Feels Like for a Girl

By Taavi Hallimäe
ELM 1/2020
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Postimees Kirjastus 2019, 272 ppISBN 9789949669653 Eia Uus’s new novel, What It Feels Like for a Girl, could be catalogued in the “leisu...

Jaanus Vaiksoo
Shoe #39

By Helena Koch
ELM 1/2020
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Ärkel 2019, 184 pp9789949727223 Jaanus Vaiksoo’s Shoe #39 tells the story of 11-year-old Paul, who skips school for the first time in hi...

Kaur Riismaa
Little Ferdinand

By Mihkel Kunnus
ELM 1/2020
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Vihmakass ja kakerdaja 2019, 320 ppISBN 9789949997763 The title page of Kaur Riismaa’s Little Ferdinand includes a promise: “The charact...

Priit Pärn
The Gothamites Go Global

By Pille-Riin Larm
ELM 1/2020
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Tänapäev 2019, 64 pp. ISBN 9789949856268 The outstanding Estonian animated film director Priit Pärn needs no long introduction. His film...

Paavo Matsin
The Congo Tango

By Siim Lill
ELM 1/2020
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Lepp ja Nagel 2019, 232 ppISBN 9789789949014 Paavo Matsin’s new novel is a treat for the author’s long-time fans. The story is fast-pace...

Øyvind Rangøy
Entrails

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2020
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Vihmakass ja kakerdaja 2019, 65 ppISBN 9789949997732 Øyvind Rangøy is a Norwegian poet whose life is tightly entwined with Estonia. His ...

Doris Kareva
Drowse and Shimmer

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 1/2020
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Verb 2019, 128 ppISBN 9789949723867It’s not exactly common for poetry’s charisma to be so great that it reshapes even the most formal and u...

Piret Jaaks
Mommy’s Dragon

By Mari Niitra
ELM 1/2020
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Päike ja Pilv 2019, 36 ppISBN 9789949737635 Piret Jaaks and Marju Tammik’s picture book Mommy’s Dragon may be a treat for little booklov...

Piret Raud
The Garden of Devil’s Milks

By Elisa-Johanna Liiv
ELM 1/2020
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Tänapäev 2019, 208 ppISBN 9789949856206 According to the text on the back cover of Piret Raud’s novel The Garden of Devil’s Milks, this ...

Andrus Kivirähk
Oscar and the Things

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2020
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“Hello, balloon!” Oscar spoke into his mobile. “Can you hear me?” “Why shouldn’t I?” a somewhat nasally voice immediately replied. “I’m...

Memories of Jaan Kross

By Mati Sirkel, Maima Grīnberga and Tiina Ann Kirss
ELM 1/2020
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A speech by Mati Sirkel on Jaan Kross’s 80th birthday celebration at the Estonian Drama Theater, 2000Honorable Jaan!If you would allow me t...

A path a quarter-century long

By Krista Kaer
ELM 1/2020
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A very long time ago, so long now that it came as a great surprise even to myself, Piret Viires and I were the original editors of Estonian...

Jaan Kross –
An Estonian ambassador

By Cornelius Hasselblatt
ELM 1/2020
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When Estonia gained independence in 1918, one of the first tasks of the new state was to tell the rest of the world that it exists. Diploma...

Selected translations


ELM 2/2019
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ChineseTitle “Tantsisklevail lehtedel ta keerleb”Title * 喚發舞動之樹葉 : 五十四首描繪香港風景的俳 (Estonian: Chinese)Author MathuraGenre P...

Eeva Park
My Majestic Giraffes

By Piret Viires
ELM 2/2019
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From the “Writers with Writers” seriesTallinn; Hea Lugu, 2018. 158 pp. ISBN   9789949634538 In 2018, the Hea Lugu publishing house launc...

Urmas Vadi
The Ballet Master

By Aro Velmet
ELM 2/2019
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Loomingu Raamatukogu 2019, nr 6-9EAN 3220000004467 Urmas Vadi’s The Ballet Master is an absurdist satire of nationalist politics written...

Kertu Sillaste
I Am an Artist

By Mari Niitra
ELM 2//2019
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Koolibri 2018, 32 pp. ISBN  9789985041383 Whether or not something is art can be debated ad infinitum. Oftentimes, you hear people loudl...

Martin Algus
Something Real

By Aare Pilv
ELM 2/2019
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Varrak 2018, 179 ppISBN  9789985344507 Martin Algus’s novel Something Real, which received the Cultural Endowment of Estonia’s 2019 Awar...

Hasso Krull
Europe

By Taavi Hallimäe
ELM 2/2019
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Kaksikhammas 2018, 92 pp. ISBN  9789949999125 Hasso Krull’s poetry collection Euroopa (Europe) becomes steadily denser, more bo...

Piret Raud
All My Relatives

By Krista Kumberg
ELM 2/2019
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Illustrated by the authorTänapäev 2017, 116pp.ISBN    9789949852314 The narrator of Raud’s All My Relatives, a boy named Adam, is far fr...

Maarja Pärtna
Vivarium

By Maarja Helena Meriste
ELM 2/2019
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Elusamus 2019, 72 pp.ISBN    9789949735013 The role of nature in poetry has, foremost, traditionally been ornamental, atmospheric, or me...

Tõnu Õnnepalu
Acre

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2019
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I realized I was very far from home on the very first morning there, in a suburb of Toronto, when I woke up (which had happened several tim...

Poetry by
Andres Allan

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2019
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Peeling seconds my coat and boots are left dancing hollowly when drunks sway on the highways and the woods have dried up ...

Andres Allan Ellmann:
One of the few mystics

By Lauri Sommer
ELM 2/2019
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Andres Allan Ellmann (1964-1988) was one of the very few mystical poets in post-war Estonian poetry. I think it was in his blood – his moth...

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...

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...

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...