Estonian literature

Estonian culture introduced in three Hungarian cities

A week full of Estonian cultural events is taking place from 14-26 March in three Hungarian cities – Budapest, Debrecen and Szeged. For the tenth time already, the Estonian Institute brings the latest highlights in the country’s cultural scene to Hungary. For those unaware, the two countries share linguistic connection …

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It’s pancake time! Estonian author’s children book published in English

A children’s tale by Kertu Sillaste, “It’s Pancake Time!”, has been published in London in English. While Estonia has in the last few years become internationally better known for its musical heritage, its literature is still relatively little known of – simply because so little has been published in English, …

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Estonian author Jaan Kaplinski awarded the European Literature Prize

The renowned Estonian author, Jaan Kaplinski, has been named the Laureate of the European Literature Prize (Prix Européen de Littérature). The aim of the European Prize for Literature is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature, to promote the circulation of literature within …

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Oksanen’s Estonian tale in the Guardian’s best novels of 2015 list

British daily newspaper the Guardian has included When the Doves Disappeared by the Finnish-Estonian writer, Sofi Oksanen, in the list of the best novels of 2015. The newspaper said that “this has been quite a year for the novel, one of those exquisite vintages that come along every decade or …

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“Catch the Harpy” – Berlin and Cold War inspire an Estonian author

It doesn’t happen every day that a book by an Estonian author is published in English. It is even more rare that the writer has originally written it in English, as opposed to a translation. Sten Hankewitz, a life-long journalist and coincidentally also Estonian World’s stalwart deputy editor, who has …

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Book review: Coming Home by Charles (Kalev) Ehin

Estonian-American writer Charles (Kalev) Ehin tells a moving story in his book of the reconciliation of an Estonian family torn apart by war. In September 1944, approximately 75,000 Estonians fled their beloved homeland. Memories still fresh from the brief Soviet occupation in 1940-41, and the Red Army advancing towards Tallinn, …

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Adam Cullen – the American who fell in love with Estonia and its literature

How many non-Estonians – especially the ones coming from a global language background – do you know who can speak fluent, or even conversational Estonian? It probably isn’t too easy to come up with even one. Well, let Estonian World fix this and introduce to you Adam Cullen, a 28-year-old …

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Estonian writer Kaur Kender’s “Petty God” published in English

Jürgen Kaljuvee sat down with Aberdeen-based translator Edith Epler, to talk about Estonian writer, Kaur Kender, and translating books. Kaur Kender (born in 1971) is an Estonian author who is well-recognised in the Baltic States and Finland and whose books have been bestsellers in Estonia. Kender was the winner of the Annual Prize …

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