Raimo Männis

Short stories Raimo Männis


Raimo Männis (born 16. XII 1931) is a prose and children’s writer.

He was born in Viljandi County, went to school at Kildu, Väinjärve, Kirivere and Vändra and, from 1952–1957, studied at the Estonian Agricultural Academy, graduating from it as a mechanical engineer. He held several jobs in agriculture and technology. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1965–1990 and is a member of the Estonian Writers’ Union from 1991.

He entered literature with children’s stories in 1954, after which he published the collections Sünnipäevakink (‘Birthday Present’, 1965) and Poiss ja kuu (‘Boy and Moon’, 1969). The youths of a post-war country school are depicted in the story Kiviküla kooli poisid (‘Boys of Kiviküla School’, 1974) and its sequel Talv ja kevad Kivikülas (‘Winter and Spring at Kiviküla’, 2018).

Männis’ novels Valeühendused (1983), Heinatants (‘Hay Dance’, 1985, 3rd place in the novel competition of 1985), Tagasiärastaja (‘Reverse Privatiser’, 1997) and Ärapööramiste aasta (‘Year of Turnings Away’, 2006) are also centred on the problems of country life in different periods. They show his good story-telling skills and competence in the theme.

A. K. (Translated by I. A.)


Books in Estonian

Valeühendused. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1983, 142 lk.
Heinatants. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1985, 175 lk.
Tagasiärastaja. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1997, 189 lk.
Ärapööramiste aasta. Tallinn: Maalehe Raamat, 2006, 263 lk.

Children’s literature
Sünnipäevakink. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1965, 87 lk.
Poiss ja kuu: jutustused. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1969, 31 lk.
Kiviküla kooli poisid: jutustused. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1974, 160 lk. [2. trükk: 1986.]
Talv ja kevad Kivikülas. Tallinn: Post Factum, 2018, 163 lk.