Reflections

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...

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...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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?" ...