Estonian Short Stories by Kajar Pruul
(Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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This anthology of contemporary Estonian short fiction meets an important need. Although Estonian writers have been known as bold and exciting innovators testing the bounds of Soviet literary doctrine, much of that reputation is based on hearsay; the little that had been translated during Soviet times largely conformed to Socialist Realist practices, and this poorly representative selection was translated first into Russian and then into English, distancing the authenticity and originality of the text. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Estonian writers have continued to produce stories of startling style, but since their narrow Russian "window" onto world literature has closed, the few translations that once appeared have become even scarcer. Now Kajar Pruul and Darlene Reddaway have produced the first anthology of Estonian short prose from the late 1960s through early 1990s. The collection charts the return of modernism to Estonian prose fiction at the end of the sixties and the beginning of the seventies and its subsequent evolution during the following two decades. Linked by a number of common themes - the nature of creativity, the role of art in contemporary society, the contrast of modern city life and traditional rural culture - the stories vary stylistically from colloquial to markedly "literary" and even somewhat experimental, but are always closer to mainstream realism than to avant-garde language games. This collection, in Ritva Poom's fine translation, introduces English-language readers to a vigorous and original contemporary literature.
 

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published January 15, 1996 by Northwestern University Press. 277 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Political considerations are more explicitly present in the fablelike work of Arno Valton, notably in his three-part ``The Snare'' (which offers a powerful and disturbing image of political repression), and in two densely written, resonant pieces by the great Jaan Kross (whose 1978 novel, The Cza...

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Arvo Valton's ``The Snare (i-iii),'' a blackly humorous allegory of repression in the '60s, gives way to multilayered stories of individuals lost within a faceless society, as in Toomas Vint's touching story of a woman who creates a private Eden within an anonymous apartment block.

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