Ann Must (from 1982 to 1990 Ann Viikberg, b. 8. III 1953) is a writer and translator.
She was born in Tallinn and attended Secondary School number 46 in Tallinn, the Tartu Secondary School Through Distance Learning and the State University of Tartu, where she graduated in Estonian philology in 1980. Must has worked as a senior editor at the journal Sina ja Mina, in the editorial offices of the journals Sirp and Kultuurimaa, and as chief editor of the journal Kultuur ja Elu supplement Eesti Elu. Must has been a lecturer at the Tallinn Pedagogical University and the Estonian Academy of Art. She has been a member of the Estonian Writers’ Union since 2000.
Ann Must has been publishing fiction since 1969. In the short story collections Tuba (‘The Room’, 1980) and Vastu valgust (‘Against the Light’, 1983), through apparently random images of life she has conveyed the inner life of a young woman in a period of personal formation. The stories are different in form and content; some apply a ‘psychologised’, some an external and objective standpoint, some are seen from the author’s, some from a character’s, viewpoint. In the second collection the treatment of subject matter has become more abstract.
Must has also published poetry, essays and criticism. In recent times she has been a freelance writer and translator. She has translated novels and poetry from English.
L. P. (Translated by C. M.)
Books in Estonian
Tuba. Jutte aastaist 1975–1979. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1980. 111 lk.
Vastu valgust. Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1983. 112 lk.