Author archives: Annika

Urmas Vadi The Far Side of the Moon

By Karl-Martin Sinijärv
1/2024
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Urmas Vadi has staged literary scenes where absolute realism and the absurd come together to form a bizarre cohabitation for years, if not ...

Where Are You Going, Estonian Lit?

By Helena Läks
1/2024
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ELM asked three young Estonian writers to consider the future of Estonian literature. What direction is its substance and form heading? Wh...

Fugue

by Jüri Kolk
1/2024
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i’m tormented by certain questions thoughts dim fancies on the edge of my vision flickering shadows weight upon my heart i’ve spoken of...

The Far Side of the Moon

By Urmas Vadi
1/2024
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[pp. 7–9] A Mobile Mind Each of us contains a tiny inheritance that only those belonging to a family can appreciate. We all have ...

ELM 1/2024 is out now!

Annika A. Koppel
15.04.2024
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You are holding the final issue of the Estonian Literary Magazine to be published by the Estonian Institute. I wish I did not have to write...

Soarsong

Doris Kareva
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Swallow, oh, swallow, save this day! Smart tailor of skies, sharp-winged one, tail like scissors, beak needlelike, song ...

Viivi Luik
The Golden Crown

by Aija Sakova
ELM 2/2023
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Viivi Luik is undoubtedly one of the most important and internationally renowned authors of Estonian literature. Enchanting Estonian reader...

Gunnar Neeme
Windsure

by Janika Kronberg
ELM 2/2023
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Gunnar Neeme (1918–2005) lived most of his life in Australia and achieved international recognition as an artist. He published two ...

Kairi Look: An Author Who Treads Boundaries

by Annika A. Koppel
ELM 2/2023
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Kairi Look’s first children’s book, Ville the Lemur Flies the Coop, was published in 2012. The author herself could very well be that lemu...

Vareda by Sven Mikser

Excerpt from manuscript
ELM 2/2023
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And then it’s over. Karel is home that night. He sees me from the kitchen window and comes to the door, eyes wide with excitement and a...

Poetry by Triin Paja

Burying the River
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Triin Paja (b. 1990) is the author of three Estonian-language poetry collections and a recipient of the Värske Rõhk Poetry Award, the B...

Who Could Hold All the World’s Beauty?

by Joonas Hellerma
ELM 2/2023
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The reception of Emil Tode’s Border State (1993) was shaped by multiple elements that were novel to Estonian literature of the time, i...

Liis Sein
Mona's Dad Has Some Ideas

by Kairi Look
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Liis Sein began her writing career with plays that have been both staged, and awarded in playwriting competitions. She also co-wrote the sc...

Kadri Kiho, Stella Salumaa
Endel and Kati

by Jaanika Palm
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The success of Endel and Kati, by Kadri Kiho and Stella Salumaa, began with winning first place in the Knee-High Book Competition for child...

Andrus Kivirähk, Veiko Tamjärv
November

by Mari Laaniste
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At this point in time, an Estonian novel getting adapted into a graphic novel could be described as a phenomenon that’s only slightly m...

Andrus Kivirähk
Flight to the Moon

by Karl-Martin Sinijärv
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Andrus Kivirähk is one of the most popular and fascinating Estonian authors of the last quarter century (and no doubt of all time). His new...

Lilli Luuk
My Brother's Body
Miss Kolkhoz

by Vilja Kiisler
ELM 1/2023
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Lilli Luuk appeared on the Estonian literary scene like a glimmering comet from a faraway galaxy – coming out of nowhere but taking her rig...

Tauno Vahter
A Good Russian

by Annika A. Koppel
ELM 1/2023
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Tauno Vahter is a publisher, translator, and writer. A Good Russian is his second novel, following The 11 Escapes of Madis Jefferson (2021)...

Carolina Pihelgas
Watching the Night

by Kärt Hellerma
ELM 1/2023
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Carolina Pihelgas’s debut novel can be labeled as a “kinship book”. Composed with confidence, its plot extends from the recent- to the some...

Epp Annus
Greetings, Aleksander

by Ene-Reet Soovik
ELM 1/2023
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Epp Annus’s Greetings, Aleksander is a tale told in an old farmhouse in the middle of a hayfield, among the dull yellow loneliness of grass...

Jaak Jõerüüt
Seven Odysseys

by Siim Lill
ELM 1/2023
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The full extent of Jaak Jõerüüt’s writing is outstanding. Over just a handful of years, he has published short stories, a novel, an incred...

The Book That is a Beast of its Own

by Andrei Liimets
ELM 1/2023
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Pâté of the Apes by Tõnis Tootsen (b. 1988) is the story of Ergo, the first ape who has learned to write. As the title suggests, the s...

Tõnis Tootsen
Pâté of the Apes

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2023
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pp. 14–18 II I just wrote about Undo and Redo at considerable length, but barely added a word about Mom and Dad. As someone wro...

A Night to Remember

by Maximilian Murmann
ELM 1/2023
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On New Year’s Eve a man straggles his way through Stockholm. Although he has been living in the city for quite some time, the narrator...

3+3

Mathura and Gili Haimovich
ELM 1/2023
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Gili Haimovich and Mathura first met at a poetry festival in Romania seven years ago and have since enjoyed a long-standing collaborat...

Now, That’s Certainly Not Literature

by Indrek Koff
ELM 1/2023
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Writer Indrek Koff takes a look at literature’s borderlands and asks what peculiarities might arise there. For some reason, I’ve always ...

Jaanus Vaiksoo
Shoe #41

By Kadri Naanu
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Shoe #41 by Jaanus Vaiksoo is a new addition to the series that follows the adventures of 12-year-old Paul Fifth and his best friends, Min...

Kätlin Kaldmaa
Lydia

by Loone Ots
ELM 2/2022
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Kaldmaa’s Lydia is the story of a little girl who grows up to become an esteemed poet. The author undertook the daring task of writing...

Kärt Hellerma
The Blue Mass

By Eret Talviste
ELM 2/2022
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Kärt Hellerma (b. 1956) is an Estonian writer whose debut book, Alchemy, appeared in 1997. She has since published in a variety of genres, ...

Tõnis Vilu
A Gift to the Psychiatrist

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2022
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pp. 51–56 Am I, after the whole course of treatment, a better person now? I’ve screwed up an unbelievable amount of shit over ...

I Am Nature, Too

By Joosep Susi
ELM 2/2022
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Tõnis Vilu is one of the most outstanding and significant Estonian poets today. He has published eight[1] works in less than a decade, ...

Martin Algus, A Writer Not Bound by Borders

By Heidi Aadma
ELM 2/2022
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In 2007, Martin Algus had a dual victory: his problem play Janu (Thirst) and youth play Ise oled! (You Are!) received first and second plac...

Katja Novak: War Needs No Epithets

By Doris Kareva
ELM 2/2022
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Katja Novak (Kateryna Botnar) has lived in Estonia for several years. She is completing a master’s degree in cultural organization at the U...

Anti Saar
Anni’s Things

Kairi Look
ELM 1/2022
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Every new book Anti Saar writes holds a surprise in terms of both topic and style. He has published close to a dozen works; including young...

Kertu Sillaste
Help!

Jaanika Palm
ELM 1/2022
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Kertu Sillaste has already been a familiar name to fans of Estonian children’s literature for more than a decade. After initially illustrat...

Piret Raud
The Rooted Garden

Jaanika Palm
ELM 1/ 2022
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Although The Rooted Garden is a small book in a soft pink color palette, its message is tremendous and provides a feast of food for thought...

Kadri Hinrikus
The Elephant

Jaanika Palm
ELM 1/2022
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Kadri Hinrikus’s books let the brighter side of life shine through, and are ideal for when dark clouds of worry crowd one’s thoughts or unf...

Rein Raud
The Sun Script

Siim Lill
ELM 1/2022
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Rein Raud is an author, philosopher, and Asian Studies scholar whose works never go unnoticed. Raud’s numerous novels serve as a li...

Eva Koff
Lucid Dreams

Silvia Urgas
ELM 1/ 2022
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Eva Koff’s second novel Lucid Dreams is true to its title, exploring a state of lucid dreaming that is so powerful it cannot be separat...

Kai Aareleid
Pacific Ocean

By Kärt Hellerma
ELM 1/2022
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It’s easy to summarize Kai Aareleid’s novel Pacific Ocean in just a few words: Stella, the protagonist, is cheated on by her hu...

Kiwa
Sources of Rubber Glue

Helena Läks
ELM 1/2022
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Kiwa (Jaanus Kivaste) dabbles in an array of creative fields: he is perhaps best known as an artist but is also a composer, curator, p...

Juta Kivimäe
The Drawing Room

Taavi Kangur
ELM 1/ 2022
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Juta Kivimäe’s debut novel The Drawing Room shared first place in the 2021 novel-writing competition organized by the Estonian Writ...

Loone Ots
Love in a Hopeless Place

By Andrei Hvostov
ELM 1/2022
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Loone Ots’s debut novel won first place in the Estonian Writers’ Union’s 2021 Fiction Contest. Reviewing Loone Ots’s novel, I must t...

Loone Ots
Love

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2022
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5:07 a.m.SALME The snow has compacted into dense drifts. I have to lift my short legs high with every step and bring them down with full...

On Life and Love, Continuously

By Jan Kaus
ELM 1/2022
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In Estonia, an interesting cultural discussion is underway, prompted by a call to celebrate Estonian Literature Day. The proposed date is J...

Anja Salokannel’s 30,000 Grains of Barley

By Veronika Kivisilla
ELM 1/2022
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Anja Esteri Salokannel (b. 1947) is a celebrated Finnish publisher, author, and translator who has received the Order of the White Rose...

Andrei Ivanov: Real Writing Is Disturbing

By Ilona Martson
ELM 1/2022
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Russian-Estonian writer Andrei Ivanov lives with his wife and son in a Soviet-era apartment block on the outskirts of Estonia’s capital. He...

Literaturexpress

by Karl-Martin Sinijärv
ELM 2/2000
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 4 June - 16 July 20001 continent + 100 writers + 43 countries + 98 languages + 44 days + 7000 kilometres by railway + 8 trains + 11 passed...

Estonian science-fiction

By Raul Sulbi
ELM 2/2000
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It is rather difficult to maintain that ‘science fiction’ existed in Estonian writing before 1990, and almost equally difficult to claim th...

Estonian literature in the 1920s and 1930s

By Marin Laak
ELM 2/2000
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At the beginning of the 19th century, at the peak of Romanticism, K.-J. Peterson (1801-1822), one of the first known poets of Estonian orig...

Gathering the flowers

By Mati Sirkel
ELM 1/2000
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I think the time has come to say a few words about poetry anthologies in translation. There are already enough to draw some conclusions. Be...

Short outlines of books by Estonian authors

By Rutt Hinrikus
ELM 1/2000
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Ilona Laaman: Mulle ei meeldinud su nimi (I Did Not Like Your Name)Huma: Tallinn, 1999. 43 ppIlona Laaman (1934) lives in Sweden, where she...

Poetry by Ene Mihkelson

Translated by Jüri Talvet
ELM 1/2000
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Yes still this sense that those rare soulbirds who really hear and know touch as well as flight must be sheltered from night’s...

Jaan Kross 80: Three Dialogues

By Eric Dickens
ELM 1/2000
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Characters:Jaan Kross, literary classic, 80 years old on 19th FebruaryEllen Niit, his wife, Estonian writerAksel Tamm, Soviet-time publ...

Short overviews of books by Estonian authors

By Rutt Hinrikus and Janiks Kronberg
ELM 2/1999
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Madis Kõiv:  Near Kähri Church at Pekri (Kähri kerko man Pekril)"Studia Memoria" II. Võru: Võru Instituut, 1999. 232 ppEstonian literat...

Poetry by Uku Masing


ELM 2/1999
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ONLY THE MISTS ARE REAL The wind is a shuttle made of elm-wood,I am but an airy web of duskWhich God’s tapering fingers of a unicorn’s b...

Poetry by Guntars Godiņš


ELM 2/1999
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* The sugar dissolved in the coffeeand spring began,scented and sweet.Your hands danced upon the tableThe long forgotten steps of me...

Madis Kõiv's visionary theatre

By Luule Epner
ELM 2/1999
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Madis Kõiv (born in 1929) is a remarkably versatile man: a nuclear physicist by profession, he chairs the seminar of analytical philosophy ...

Estonian prose 1998

By Mihkel Nummert
ELM 2/1999
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Imaginary TriangleA.A. So…an overview of Estonian prose for ‘Estonian Literature Magazine’. It probably goes without saying that the no...

Estonian poetry 1998. Fashions and figures

By Hasso Krull
ELM 2/1999
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During the seventies and the eighties the annual review of poetry in the literary magazine Looming was an important and influential institu...

A lesson of harmony

By Doris Kareva
ELM 2/1999
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As a child of four or five, I used to long for paints and paper, so that I could draw to my heart’s content. My father gave me a piece ...

Thirty years of love

By Eduard Vilde
ELM 1/1999
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The young pastor knows that it is not substance but surface that matters. Substance is what people do not often understand, or do not even ...

The presence of Baltic literatures in Spain

By Albert Lázaro Tinaut
ELM 1/1999
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From the coasts of the Mediterranean, the Baltic world appears to be as unknown, distant and exotic as the Fergana Valley, the mosques ...

The goat and the storks

By Jean-Luc Moreau
1/1999
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On reaching the age of reason I learned two things. Firstly, that there was no such thing as Father Christmas; and secondly, that there was...

Short outlines of books by Estonian authors

By Rutt Hinrikus, Janika Kronberg
1/1999
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Helga Nõu, In the Eye of the Wolf (Hundi silmas)Tartu: Ilmamaa, 1999.  238 ppAfter WWII, Estonian literature was split into two br...

Poetry by Ilmar Laaban

By Ilmar Laaban
1/1999
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Silence and ViolenceLong ago on a windy hunta horrible happiness abruptly bloomed in me   and the landscape congealed only its pungentb...

Literature awards 1998

By Piret Viires
1/1999
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Various literature awards are given in Estonia each year, the most important of which is the national cultural award. In 1998 this pres...

Laaban. Broad view from a narrow bridge

By Andres Ehin
1/1999
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Ilmar Laaban, often called the father of Estonian Surrealism, was born on 17 November 1921 in Tallinn. Between 1939 and 1940 and again in 1...

Ervin Õunapuu

By Udo uibo
1/1999
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Ervin Õunapuu (born in 1956) is a Renaissance man by nature, both in life and in his work. It would be a hard task to enumerate everything...

Eduard Vilde

By Toomas Haug
1/1999
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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...