Jaan Kross –
An Estonian ambassador

By Cornelius Hasselblatt
ELM 1/2020
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...

Andres Allan Ellmann:
One of the few mystics

By Lauri Sommer
ELM 2/2019
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...

Juhan Liiv:
A search for the pure word

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

Eduard Vilde

By Toomas Haug
ELM 1999/1
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 ...

Eeva Park
Sensuous and social

By Johanna Ross
ELM 2018/1
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...

Maimu Berg
A women’s self-esteem booster

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

in the winds of freedom

By Elle-Mari Talivee
ELM 2/2017
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...

Nikolai Baturin:
A celebrated stranger

By Berk Vaher
ELM 1/2017
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...

Paavo Matsin’s performances

By Jan Kaus
ELM 1/2017
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...

Our Leelo

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

Jüri Kolk
Seeking the immortal soul

By Kaupo Meiel
ELM 2/2016
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...

Heiti Talvik:
A Time Bomb

By Hannes Varblane
ELM 2/2008
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...