New books in the library

New books in the library

MAIT VAIK
JUSS JA VENNAD

Eesti Keele Sihtasutus, 2014

"Juss and brothers” is a book filled with black humor. It tells a story of ten years old Estonian boy who lives somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Him and his brother often tend to do stuff which is not always appropriate for their young age. Their father is an honest farmer who often gives long speeches which would fit perfectly to some confirmation book, the same goes for dying grandfather who tries to understand the meaning of life. The cherry on the cake is a farm hand who studies theology and Greek, but except them you will also meet a lot of other interesting and surreal personalities and wide range of farm animals. 

PUIT EESTI ARHITEKTUURIS
Eesti Metsa- ja Puidutööstuse Liit, 2016

The book "Wood in Estonian Architecture” tries to cover different facets of this sphere. It focuses on the most remarkable Estonian edifices, with wooden construction or decor elements, built in last twenty years. All the buildings are divided into thematic blocks with elaborated introduction. There are 65 main objects which are being introduced to the reader in-depth with photos and blueprints and other 100 with only photos.  

Book contains resumes in English and all the titles of the photos are presented in both languages.

Writing in the book: Joosep Metslang, Valdur Mikita, Karin Paulus, Märt Riistop, Leele Välja. Koostaja ja toimetaja Leele Välja, kujundus Andres Tali.

MAIT VALK
MEELEPARANDUSETA

Puiestee OÜ, 2016

A third novel by the author, containing 8 stories, most of them talk about the contemporary urbanized intellectuals, who have reached the breaking point of their lives.
Through sadness we reach hidden irony of the book.

 

ARMIN KÕOMÄGI
MINU EROOTIKA SALADUS

Sebastian Loeb, 2017

Women are everywhere. Nothing helps. Not even seemingly boring and secure program as it is newscast.
When a women reads them I imagine her in my bed, under me, bending over and crouching on all fours, on my lap, explaining me with the same placid and neutral voice all the most important historical events in the world. Some crazy wish tells me to activate my arsenal of erotical skills, turning everything upside down and making faint all this decent audience. I want her to scream while telling me about the closing of another country school, ululate over every bomb attack, to scratch into my back bloody grazes only because the forecast calls for partly cloudy weather with light precipitation.
The book is a collection of 16 novels.

KRISTIINA EHIN
KOHTUMISED
2017

This collection of poems focuses on importance of real meetups in the area of constantly increasing virtual communication.  The central form is dialog.

"Suddenly I realized that in my life I’ve had chance to meet with people, birds-animals, moments and myself. A lot of meaningful chapters, that would be one day entirely forgotten if I wouldn’t write them into poetry. This book was born from this recognition. Relationships with those who are the closest, the contact between parents and children, the need for Estonian cultural environment, search for  friends and trying to give a meaning to daily life, are the keywords of this collection of poems, ”says the author herself about her book.

MARI SAAT
MATUSED JA LAULUPEOD
Petrone Print, 2016

In Mari Saat’s novel "Funerals and Song Festivals" we can find some of her very first childhood memories about Tallinn in 1950’s. Saat paints a clear picture of the spirit and life in the Soviet Union, giving this way a social dimension to her story. The flashbacks link to some other thoughts, different areas, places and events. Memories and historical events takes us from the times of Russian Empire to modern Estonian society. 

JAAN UNDUSK
EESTI KIRJANIKE ILMAVAATEST
Ilmamaa, 2016

In this book an academic and literary critic Jaan Undusk portrays different views of writers related to Estonia. They all have somehow found their way to Estonian territory. Some of them have not even been Estonians or just didn’t master Estonian language, some others lived more abroad than in their home country, but neither without one of them would be possible to imagine Estonia and it’s spirit that we’re familiar with today.

EVA PARK
LEMMIKLOOMADE PARADIIS

Verb, 2016

"Fight for life and death. When you shoot, then straight to the heart. But about something that is called love we never talked about."
The Paradise of Pets surprises even those who are very familiar with the work of Eeva Park. It’s catching novel that interweaves so much into it, full of closeness, freshness of youth and maturity gained with experiences. (Doris Kareva)

KLAASLAPS
MAARJA KANGRO

Nähtamatu Ahv, 2016

This is a writer’s way to deal with absurdity of life and death, a beautifully painful experience poured into nihilistic pages of a novel. It’s a story about the loss of her baby that never had chance for life, creepingly honest and simple, sometimes even too real. Written in diary form, it documents not only her grief, but here everything suddenly melts together, one persons sorrow gets its way into important worldwide issues as Ukraine’s war or how to translate Leopardis poems, offering a peak into the insides of writers world and giving a whole new meaning to some well known places.

CORNELIUS HASSELBLATT
EESTI KIRJANDUSE AJALUGU

Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus, 2016

Eesti kirjanduse ajalugu (History of Estonian Literature) was first published in German in 2006 and it is the first book to be written by a foreigner that deals with Estonian literature in great detail. Literature is shown in the context of cultural history, from folk songs to  the first printed publications and finally to the online texts of the early 21th century.

ENE MIHKELSON
UROBOROS

Tuum, 2004

It is a collection published on the occasion of Mihkelson’s 60th birthday, compiled by Kajar Pruul, one of the best experts of contemporary Estonian poetry. Pruul’s selection shows a sharper and more cutting Mihkelson. Uroboros allows a glimpse of Mihkelson as she really is – one of the most significant poets of the last quarter of the 20th and early 21st century, who has skilfully depicted the paradoxes of human existence.

100 STEPS THROUGH 20TH CENTURY ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE
Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, 2013

The 100 steps denote 100 keywords, which most characterise the period of 1870–1992. These may be building types, or so much as fields (railway architecture, the municipal building, the rural schoolhouse, the private dwelling), specific structures (the Riigikogu building, TV- and radio buildings, the Munamäe viewing platform, the Seaplane Hangars, etc.), types of settlements (the micro-district, the rural settlement, the hamlet, the summer-home cooperative, etc.), architects (Karl Burman, Edgar Velbri, Raine Karp, Toomas Rein, etc.), building materials (silica brick, reinforced concrete, large block, etc.), or styles (historicism, functionalism, art-nouveau, Stalinism, etc.). This allows all more significant architectural phenomena in 20th-century Estonian architecture to be covered: both crowning achievements and everyday architecture. Both less-known buildings and those not protected as items of cultural value so far are presented, as are structures that are already under state protection.

PAAVO MATSIN
GOGOLI DISKO
Lepp ja Nagel, 2016

Gogol’s Disco is set in a near-future (or a parallel existence) in which Imperial Russia has put an end to Estonian independence, and Estonians have become a tiny minority in their own homeland. Yet the work does not focus on national apocalypse, but rather on how the Russian literary classic Nikolai Gogol (who has risen from the dead) goes to visit the pastoral town of Viljandi in southern Estonia, where he brings local intellectualism to a boil and, in some instances, flips it upsidedown.

JAAN KAPLINSKI
JUTTE
Hea Lugu, 2014

This book contains all of Kaplinski’s short stories, including those only published in periodical or kept in his drawers. Though only parts of it have been published before, the complete short story Eesti rahva esoteeriline ajalugu (Esoteric history of Estonians) is also found in this book.

JAN KAUS
LÄHEDUSTE RAAMAT

Verb, 2016

A beautiful book about human relationships. According to the poetess Doris Kareva, this is Jan Kaus’s best so far.

 

KAUR RIISMAA
PÜHAMÄGI
Verb, 2015

A cool little Northern-Tallinn-novelette about Niina, Maurice and I, and about what happened afterwards.  

 

SPACE IN MOTION: A CENTURY OF ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE
Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, 2015
This book accompanies the new permanent exhibition of the Museum of Estonian Architecture, full of pictures and interesting facts about the architectural history of Estonia in the 20th century, but including some phenomenons of today. The book gives an overview of how social, economical and political changes affect the improvement of local livestyle and space.

MART KIVASTIK
AUTOPORTREE NAISE JA HOBUSEGA

Väike Öömusika, 2015
Ten short stories from last three years by Mart Kivastik (1963), Estonian writer and scenarist. The short story Õnn tuleb magades won Fridebert Tuglas shot story award 2015.

 

DORIS KAREVA
SA POLE ÜKSI
Verb, 2011
Doris Kareva (b.1958), who has previously published only poetry and articles on various themes, has now put together her first book of prose. This collection of stories, You Are Not Alone, contains 20 poetic fairy  tales, which all can all be characterised as journeys towards harmony. Harmony should border on “silence, chiming silence”, and this silence gives birth to stories, just as it is written on the back cover of the book: “Silence is the best storyteller in the world. If you listen to it for some time, stories emerge that you have never heard before, but which you recognise instantly. You are never alone – the world is talking to you.”

MARI SAAT
OAKESED KAUNAS

Tuum, 2014
Oakesed Kaunas (Little Beans In The Pod) contains 10 of Mari Saat’s short stories that have been published in different books and periodicals. Mari Saat has recieved the Friedebert Tuglas Award twice already for her strong choice of words and prophetetic psychological attitude in her works.

JAN KAUS
MA OLEN ELUS

Tuum, 2014
Jan Kaus’ I Am Alive is a book about violence – this on the personal, the social, as well as the historical planes. At the centre of the work is a fictive place called Tarurootsi, which can be interpreted as a metaphor for Estonia as a whole. Tarurootsi is the site of a train station (the last stop), where the beginnings of the lives of several people with crushed souls begin. Kaus certainly tells the little histories of small people, but a mosaic of something greater takes form through those stories—of continuity, heritage, the spirit of a place, home, homeland and its fate.

KAUR RIISMAA
PIMEDA MEHE AIAD
Tänapäev, 2015
The young poet Kaur Riismaa’s (1986) first, award-winning novel with an impressionist insight into lives and souls through a whimsical, ever-changing marble.
Kaur Riismaa first appeared on the literary scene in 2011, with his book of poetry Me hommikud, me päevad, õhtud ja ööd. He won the Estonian Cultural Foundation Annual Award for his books that were published in 2014: Teekond päeva lõppu and Merimetsa.

TALLINNA PUITARHITEKTUUR
(Wooden Architecture of Tallinn)
Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, 2014
With the last decades, the reputation of the wooden architecture of Tallinn has gone through a change as big as the reputation of the country itself. Areas in decay that were once associated with social degradation are now highly respected residential districts. Along with the growing respect for these areas as a living environment, there is an increase of interest towards wooden architecture in general and time has come to share the discoveries of architectural historians with wider public. Views of our perished slums give contrast to the contemporary houses, freshly restored buildings indicate the potential not yet realized in many others.

MAARJA KANGRO
HÜPPA TULLE

Nähtamatu Ahv, 2014
Maarja Kangro (b. 1973) is one of the most important authors of the middle generation of Estonian writers. Her books have been admired, but also misunderstood and even belittled; she has been called cynical and cruel. This collection, Jump into Fire, containing three short and one longer story, is her third collection of prose. Kangro is a modern author and a cosmopolite through and through. Her characters are not necessarily tied to the Estonian environment and the locations of her plots are never precisely specified. The characters of Kangro’s stories strike poses and perform for an imaginary audience. They take pains to come across as independent subjects but they do not have any message. They are fearless but their fearlessness is full of despair.

TÕNU ÕNNEPALU
LÕPETUSE INGEL
Kultuurileht, 2015
The author spent the autumn of 2014 on a small island in Western Estonia to muse about art and theater, but in his letters he reaches the ultimate solution of life, death and love, with the absolute timeless scenery: nature.

 

KÄTLIN KALDMAA
VÄIKE TERAV NUGA

Tuum, 2014
Kätlin Kaldmaa is very versatile: she’s a translator, critic, children’s author, poet and prosaist. This past decade she’s become one of the most influential authors of her generation, who won the Friedebert Tuglas Award in 2012 for the short story Kui poisid tulid, found in this book.

IN PRINCIPIO
Arvo Pärt Center, 2015
In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music sheds light on a significant aspect of Pärt’s oeuvre – on texts in the composer’s work, on the selection of the texts and also on the Word in a broader and deeper sense. This book brings together 81 texts in nine languages, complete with English translations. The works have been arranged chronologically, encompassing Pärt’s work over almost 60 years.

LAURI PILTER
VILEKOOR JA TESI JUTTE
Tuum, 2014
Ever since his first book Lauri Pilter has associated his narratives with personally meaningful places. Gradually his interlacing of fact and fiction has caused a network of real places develop into a literary mindscape fictitiously called Airootsi. In real landscape its counterpart could be seen in the Noarootsi peninsula, Western Estonia. Noarootsi is also the initial name of Pilter’s mindscape. Gradually, however, some odd place names start appearing, which blurs the possible correspondence between literary and real geography.

KÜLLO ARJAKAS
KUI VÄIKESED OLID SUURED. BALTI KETT 25
Rahvarinde Muuseum, 2014
The Baltic Chain was a peaceful political demonstration that occured on August 23, 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.

TIIT KÄNDLER
SAJANDI SADA EESTI SUURKUJU

Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus, 2002
A book about the 100 Estonians who were voted the most influential people of the 20th century. We get to learn about the history of the century through the lives of these people.

 

MART LAAR
ÄRATAJAD. Rahvuslik ärkamisaeg Eestis 19. sajandil ja selle kandjad
Grenader, 2006
Mart Laar’s (Prime Minister of Estonia 1992–1994) research for his doctoral dissertation about the national awakening in Estonia is mostly based on resources and references that have not been used before.

300 BALTIC WRITERS: ESTONIA, LITHUANIA, LATVIA
Vilnius, 2009
This reference book presents a hundred of the best-known writers from each of the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, starting with the time in the 16th century when the written word first appeared in their national languages, and going on to the twenty-first century (the bibliography goes up to to the year 2008). The articles on the 300 writers in this book are written by 43 authors.