Author archives: zoneplus

Eda Ahi
Dance lessons with gravity

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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they dance with you, gravity, everyone. but only the brave know the steps they should take. you’ve got that cruel but equalizing trait: b...

Kelly Turk
Where do little fat girls go?

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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where do little fat girls go when insulted beneath clotheslines behind a house to practice to practice a speech for getting back at ...

Five Snow Whites
and not a single prince

By Carolina Pihelgas
ELM 1/2017
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Writing about female poets, one inevitably arrives at a disturbing thought: why are some women regarded as poets, and others as poetesses? T...

Indrek Koff
Stories of a Hundred Nations

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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A fairy tale about warm light. A fairy tale about the hundred faces of loneliness. A reflective fairy tale about your life. A fairy tale ...

Paavo Matsin
The Gogol Disco

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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Cutlets for Gogol Katerina had been crying over Grigory’s disappearance the entire day, alone downstairs. She finally pulled herself togeth...

Paavo Matsin’s performances

By Jan Kaus
ELM 1/2017
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I last saw Paavo Matsin (1970) at a museum that honors the Estonian literary classic Eduard Vilde, where we were both scheduled to speak. We...

Poetry by Veronika Kivisilla

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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Too nice a drunk locking up my bike in front of the store a babbling drunk approached me I wanted to withdraw but he said listen you...

Two Captains – Excerpt fromWe All Fall Down

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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1960 They meet up at Tiina’s house after school. Tiina puts her bag in her room and follows Vova, because he wants to show her his turtle...

Jaan Kaplinski
The last laureate?


ELM 2/2016
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In February 2016, compelling news rang out: Jaan Kaplinski was awarded the European Prize for Literature. The award, which is sponsored by t...

Jan Kaus
The Book of Closeness

By Paul Raud
ELM 2/2016
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Jan Kaus, Läheduste raamat (The Book of Closeness) Tallinn, Verb, 2016. 72 pp ISBN: 9789949969067 The miniature, just like many other f...

Our Leelo

By Mare Müürsepp
ELM 2/2016
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I’ll start with children’s own assessment. Together with third-grade students, we drafted a list of important public figures in Estonia base...

Some who Live the Estonian language

By ELM
ELM 2/2016
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The Estonian Literature Center has a magnificent tradition of inviting translators of Estonian literature who hail from all around the world...

Prophecy by Jüri Kolk

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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An oracle proclaimed to a Theban king that he would live a long and happy life — not one younger kinsman would slay him. We would never h...

Jüri Kolk
Seeking the immortal soul

By Kaupo Meiel
ELM 2/2016
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Just about a year ago, Jüri Kolk, Jan Kaus, Karl Martin Sinijärv, and I were reading our own works and a pinch of others’ to a nearly full h...

Karl-Martin Sinijärv
KMSX: How to Say

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2016
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Karl Martin Sinijärv, KMSX: Kuidas öelda (KMSX: How to Say) Tallinn, Näo Kirik, 2016. 96 pp ISBN: 9789949980901 Karl Martin Sinijärv (1...

Mehis Heinsaar
The Killing Growth of Dreams

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2016
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Mehis Heinsaar, Unistuste tappev kasvamine (The Killing Growth of Dreams) Tallinn, Menu Publishing, 2016. 232 pp ISBN: 9789949549245 Me...

Meelis Friedenthal
The Language of Angels

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2016
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Meelis Friedenthal, Inglite keel (The Language of Angels) Tallinn, Varrak, 2016. 208 pp ISBN: 9789985337004 Meelis Friedenthal (1973) i...

P. I. Filimonov
She Sang to the End

By Jürgen Rooste
ELM 2/2016
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P. I. Filimonov, Laulis, kuni kõik lõppes (She Sang to the End) Tallinn, Varrak, 2016. 312 pp Translated into Estonian from the Russian by...

Silvia Urgas
Destnation

By Paul Raud
2/2016
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Silvia Urgas, Siht/koht (Destination) Tartu, Elusamus, 2015. 48 pp. ISBN 9789949387083  Silvia Urgas (1992) is one of Estonia’s newest ...

Poetry by Juhan Viiding

Translated by Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov
ELM 1/2016
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SIMPLE POEM happiness once came into the yard and the yard was ever so happy then happiness came into the room and the room was ever so ...

The many voices
of Estonian drama

By Heidi Aadma
ELM 1/2016
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Ten years ago was the one-hundredth anniversary of professional Estonian theatre. To celebrate the grand occasion, Pärnu’s Endla Theatre mad...

Insanity in Estonian literature

By Maarja Vaino
ELM 1/2016
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According to US literary critic Shoshana Felman, insanity is an obsession of contemporary literature: stories being told are almost exclusiv...

The irony of hope

By Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2016
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"How’s that—we do have freedom now, don’t we?" Sõrgats insisted. "Well, we do," Lumepart said, "but what am I supposed to do with that?" ...

Urmas Lennuk
Once, in Estonia

By Jan Kaus
ELM 1/2016
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Urmas Lennuk, Ükskord Eestimaal (Once, in Estonia) Viljandi, Ugala teater, 2015. 294 pp ISBN: 9789949387342 Urmas Lennuk (b 1971) has b...

Paavo Matsin
The Gogol Disco

By Jan Kaus
ELM 1/2016
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Paavo Matsin, Gogoli disko (The Gogol Disco) Viljandi, Lepp ja Nagel, 2015. 144 pp. ISBN: 9789949386918 Paavo Matsin (b 1970) is an ins...

Rein Raud
The Death of the Perfect Sentence

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2016
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Rein Raud, Täiusliku lause surm (The Death of the Perfect Sentence) Tallinn, Mustvalge Kirjastus, 2015. 176 pp ISBN: 9789949947386 Rein...

Olavi Ruitlane
On the Water

By Peeter Helme
ELM 1/2016
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Olavi Ruitlane, Vee peal (On the Water) Tallinn, ZA/UM, 2015. 196 pp ISBN: 9789949384693   Olavi Ruitlane (b 1969) is a Souther...

Jürgen Rooste
The Ideal Husband

By Carolina Pihelgas
ELM 1 /2016
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Jürgen Rooste, Ideaalne abikaasa (The Ideal Husband) Saarde-Pärnu, Ji, 2015, 107 pp ISBN: 9789949519552 Jürgen Rooste (b 1979) is one o...

Lauri Sommer
Once

By Carolina Pihelgas
ELM 1/2016
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Lauri Sommer, Kunagi: 2008–2015 (Once: 2008–2015) Räestu, Tiivaalune, 2015, 86 pp Although Lauri Sommer (b 1973) made his debut in 1998 as...

Heiti Talvik:
A Time Bomb

By Hannes Varblane
ELM 2/2008
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Besides being born a poet, one can also grow into a poet. One can develop into a poet on the basis of life experience and the heritage of ot...