Margit Lõhmus

Short stories


Margit Lõhmus (b. 5. IV 1985) is an artist and prose writer.

Lõhmus was born in Tartu and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree, specialising in painting. In 2011 she completed her Master’s degree in the same field at the Estonian Academy of Art. Lõhmus has been an exchange student at the University of East London in England. Her master’s project at the Estonian Academy of Art was a video series called “The Love Room”. Lõhmus’ subsequent career has been largely confined to video and photography, occasionally straying into the fields of installations and literature.

Margit Lõhmus’ short stories have been published in the journals Vikerkaar and Värske Rõhk. In Spring 2019 her first book, Sterne, appeared, consisting mostly of previously published stories from 2002 to 2018. Lõhmus’ stories tell of loneliness and solitude, vulnerability, rebellion against the norms instilled in humanity, inability to find one’s own self, one’s own way, one’s own place, and companions.

The book Sterne contains plenty of descriptions of urban bohemian life. In the description of female sexuality the author is very open. The text often skirts the boundaries of good taste. The critic Hasso Krull has called this work the most surprising and persuasive erotic madness. The author has called her own style magic realism.

L. P. (Translated by C. M.)

Books in Estonian

Sterne: jutud 2002–2019. Tallinn: Kultuurileht, 2019. 110 lk.