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- DescriptionA translation of the last novel by one of Estonia's greatest 20th-century writers. It constitutes a fitting summation of the themes that occupied him throughout his writing: the search for truth and social justice, and the struggle against corruption and greed.
- Author BiographyAnton Hansen Tammsaare (1878-1940) is widely regarded as Estonia's greatest writer. The son of a farmer, Tammsaare's education at the University of Tartu was cut short when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which led to a stay in the Caucasus. Following Estonian independence in 1918 he moved to Tallinn, where he lived for the rest of his life. His early literary works reflected a poetic rural realism, although he also wrote several urban novels and collections of short stories: the contrast between urban bourgeoisie and hard-working peasantry would prove to be one of the enduring themes of his writing. His epic five-volume sequence of novels, Tode ja oigus (Truth and Justice; 1926-1933), tracing the development of Estonia from tsarist province to independent state is considered the great masterpiece of twentieth-century Estonian literature. According to Tammsaare himself, the first volume depicts man's struggle with the earth, the second with God, the third with society, the fourth with himself - while the fifth ends with resignation. The early volumes are partly autobiographical, and the work is deeply rooted in Estonian history, but it deals with many of the same literary and philosophical issues that concerned his contemporaries Thomas Mann and John Galsworthy. Although a realist at heart, Tammsaare used allegorical fantasy in his stories, most notably in this final novel, Porgupohja uus vanapagan (1939; The Misadventures of the New Satan). Here he combines a satire on the inequalities of rural life and the absurdities of rigid social attitudes with biblical themes, mythology, and bawdy folklore. The resulting novel has proved to be an enduring classic of European literature.
- Author(s)Anton Tammsaare
- PublisherNorvik Press
- Date of Publication20/04/2009
- Language(s)English & English
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleSeries B: English Translations of Works of Scandinavian Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 43
- Place of PublicationNorwich
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintNorvik Press
- Weight295 g
- Width128 mm
- Height196 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byChristopher Moseley
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