An Introduction to Estonian Literature

An Introduction to Estonian Literature. Translated and edited by Hilary Bird. Bloomington, Ind.: Slavica, 2018, xv+486 pp.

Profiles about authors written by Hilary Bird.


Foreword and Acknowledgments

The Oral Tradition, When I Escape the Manor; A Dull Life Is a Sorry Thing; Brother’s War Song (extract).
Reiner Brocmann, How Blessed Is the Man. [A poem.]
Käsu Hans, Ah Me! Poor Tartu Town!. [‘Oh! ma vaene Tardo-liin’, a poem.]
Kulli Jüri, Song 64: What Did Jesu’s Little Tom Tit Do?; Song 81: God Invites All the People; Song 83: Towns and Lands Will Grow and Stand. [Poems.]
Joachim Gottlieb Schwabe, Spring Song; The Song of the Estonian Farmhand. [Poems.]
Otto Wilhelm Masing, Bruin. [‘Päts’, a poem.]
Kristjan Jaak Peterson, Ode to the Moon; The Singer. [Poems.]
Friedrich Robert Faehlmann, Dawn and Dusk. [A folk story.]
Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, The Son of Kalev (extracts): Invocation; The Second Tale: The Kalevipoeg Stories; The Sixth Tale: The Sword Celebration; The Eighth Tale: The Stone-throwing Competition; Kalevipoeg Ploughs the Lands; The Sixteenth Tale. Home; The Seventeenth Tale. Kalevipoeg Rides to War; The Nineteenth Tale. Siuru; The Nineteenth Tale. Varrak and the Loss of the Book of Liberty.
Jakob Hurt, 1870. Our Schooled and Educated Men (abridged). [A speech.]
Carl Robert Jakobson, Arthur and Anna, or The Old and the New (abridged): Act I-III. [‘Artur ja Anna’, a play.]
Lydia Koidula, A Mother’s Heart; The Arrival of Spring; Thoughts on Toompea; My Country, They Have Buried You. [Poems.]
Juhan Kunder, Rehepapp the Trickster. [‘Vigur rehepapp’, a fairy tale.]
August Kitzberg, The Werewolf. Act I-V. [‘Libahunt’, a play.]
Karl Eduard Sööt, A Game of Chess; The Spring; The Supervisor; The Most Precious Possession. [Poems.]
Eduard Bornhöhe, The Avenger (extracts): Chapters XIII, XIV, XVI. [‘Tasuja’, a story.]
Juhan Liiv, Snowflake; I Saw Estonia Yesterday; The Bees Fly to the Hive; Cold. [Poems.]
Anna Haava, The Meadow Flower; I Cannot Be Quiet; Oh, My Homeland!; We (1906); Only Ilmar; You, Sodom and Gomorrah!; We (1948). [Poems.]
Eduard Vilde, The Mahtra Rebellion (extract). [‘Mahtra sõda’, a novel.]
Ernst Enno, Homesickness; The Wind Walks; On a White Night in Tartu. [Poems.]
Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Love; The New Oldpagan of Hellbottom Farm (extract). [‘Armastus’, a miniature, ‘Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan’, a novel.]
Aino Kallas, Gerdruta Carponai. [A story.]
Mait Metsanurk, At the Umera River (extracts): Chapters XX, XXI. [‘Ümera jõel’, a novel.]
Marie Under, Summer Night; Lilac Time I; On Vaestepatuste Street; Mandrake Berries; The Dream Journey. [Poems.]
Gustav Suits, Fire of Life; The Men; The Grave of the Wind; Now Comes the Night. [Poems.]
Friedebert Tuglas, Lembitu; Little Illimar (extract). [‘Lembitu’, a miniature; ‘Väike Illimar’, a novel.]
Oskar Luts, The Cabbage. [‘Kapsapea’, a play.]
Johannes Vares (Barbarus), The Creations; Me and Paris (extract). [Poems.]
Henrik Visnapuu, Third Letter to Ing; Resignation; October Night in the City; Pierrot; Christmas Night. [Poems.]
August Gailit, The Last Romantic. [‘Viimne romantik’, a short story.]
Johannes Semper, Pierrot Despairs; How Would You Live?. [Poems.]
Peet Vallak, For Someone Else. [‘Teise eest’, a short story.]
Albert Kivikas, Flying Pigs; The Names on the Memorial (extract). [‘Lendavad sead’, a short story; ‘Nimed marmortahvlil’, a novel.]
Juhan Jaik, Midsummer Night. [‘Jaaniöö’, a short story.]
Juhan Sütiste, The World Is Turning East, extract. [‘Maakera pöördub itta’, a long poem.]
Hugo Raudsepp, Mikumärdi Farm. Act I. [‘Mikumärdi’, a play.]
Heiti Talvik, It Was in Autumn; Hangover Meditations; Phoenix. [Poems.]
August Jakobson, For the Future. [‘Tuleviku nimel’, a short story.]
Betti Alver, Iron Heaven; The Debt; Captain Oleander. [Poems.]
Uku Masing, Child of Man on the White Ship. [A poem.]
Hans Leberecht, The Light in Koordi Village (extract). [‘Valgus Koordis’, a novel.]
Bernard Kangro, Hunger; The Frozen Fountains (extract). [‘Nälg’, a poem; ‘Jäälätted’, a novel.]
Karl Ristikivi, The Garden. Chapter X (extract); Ferns; Hårsfjärden, a Fantasy in G-minor. [‘Rohtaed’, a novel; poems.]
Kersti Merilaas, The Last Boat; Can You Hear the Call of Spring; Old Wine in New Vessels. [Poems.]
Paul Kuusberg, The Rusty Watering Can. [‘Roostetanud kastekann’, a short story.]
Debora Vaarandi, Saaremaa Waltz; Simple Things; The Garden. [Poems.]
Jaan Kross, Between Three Plagues (extract). [‘Kolme katku vahel’, a novel.]
Juhan Smuul, The Holiday Makers. [‘Suvitajad’, a short story.]
Artur Alliksaar, Sun Squanderers. [A poem.]
Hando Runnel, Over the Hill Went a Woman with a Cow; The Song of the Free (extract). [Poems.]
Jaan Isotamm, I; Not Yet; Matador. [Poems.]
Jaan Kaplinski, Vercingetorix Said; I Am the Spring in Tartu. [Poems.]
Paul-Eerik Rummo, Run, Free Child; Song of the Whore; The Sender’s Address. [Poems.]
Mati Unt, Murder in the Hotel (extract). [‘Mõrv hotellis’, a story.]
Maimu Berg, She’s Gone. [‘On läinud’, a short story.]
Viivi Luik, The Seventh Spring of Peace (extract); What Shines Through Time. [‘Seitsmes rahukevad’, a novel; a poem.]
Juhan Viiding, When a Child on TV; Cradle Song; The Wish. [Poems.]
Doris Kareva, Four Voices for a Voyager: Nausicaa, Circe, Calypso, Penelope. [Poems.]
Merle Jääger, My Way (sic); Protest (sic). [Poems.]
Postmodernism and Postcolonialism: “The Manifesto of Congealed Blood”.
Sven Kivisildnik et al, The Manifesto of Congealed Blood. [‘Hüübinud vere manifest’.]
Recommended Reading.