ELM 1/2012

Estonian Literary Magazine spring issue 2012

In the opening article Peeter Helme introduces Indrek Hargla, hugely popular author of sci-fi and crime novels. Helme compares him with Terry Pratchett and Frences Hardinge. Hargla’s crime stories featuring apothecary Melchior, the ‘Estonian Poirot’, are especially successful. Some have already appeared in Finnish and will soon come out in French.     

Yelena Skulskaya describes her colourful career as translator of Estonian poetry into Russian.

Arne Merilai and Jüri Talvet offer a comprehensive overview of the life and work of one of the major exile Estonian writers Arved Viirlaid. His best known novel, „Graves without Crosses” has been translated into Latvian, Lithuanian, Swedish, French, Spanish, English and Chinese.

Berk Vaher and Krista Kaer introduce two annual literary festivals, Prima Vista in Tartu and HeadRead in Tallinn.

Øyvind Rangøy, translator of Estonian literature into Norwegian, describes the 10th anniversary of the Estonian Literature Information Centre last December.

Ly Seppel and Kristiina Ehin publish their beautiful poems to their late husband and father Andres Ehin.   

As always, ELM has short overviews of recently published Estonian literature.