Professor Martens' Departure by Jaan Kross

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On the world stage, in the twilight years of tsarist Russia, Martens is constantly forced into the limelight to conduct delicate negotiations between St Petersburg and the Western Powers. And yet Martens the private man has an equally delicate path to tread between his wife and his mistress.

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Jaan Kross was born in 1920. He studied law at the University of Tartu and taught law until his arrest and deportation, with countless other Estonians, to Siberia in 1946. He, on his release in 1954, returned to Tallinn and devoted himself to poetry and to translating the classics, including Shakespeare, Balzac and Stefan Zweig. Later, his interest in Estonia's chequered history made him turn his attention to the historical novel, and he established his reputation as one of Europe's outstanding practitioners of this genre. He is now generally regarded as an Estonian writer of world class. Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, not including his literary translations. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into Finnish, French, German, Swedish, and Hungarian. He has received a NEA Fellowship, two grants from The Fund for Poetry, the Government of Finland's Distinguished Foreign Translator's Award, The San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award, and The Academy of American Poets' Translation Prize. He teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Published January 1, 1994 by New Press. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The present Martens, who helped the Czar raise loans from France to stave off a famine, has never spoken out--his only substantive criticism of Russia was buried in a lengthy work where only the most astute would notice it--and he failed to help a socialist nephew.

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The journey concludes with a truly comic encounter - if by comic is understood the clash of irreconcilable substances - when to the Professor's compartment comes what was then still described as A New Woman, young, attractive, clever, educated.

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