Mariliin Vassenin



Mariliin Vassenin (b. 1980) is a poet, literary critic and translator.

Vassenin was born in Tallinn and studied literature and Romance philology at the University of Tallinn. She has translated classical and contemporary prose and poetry from English, Spanish and Portuguese.

She has published two collections of poetry: Horror Vacui (2013), which won the University of Tallinn literature prize, and Eleegiad. Elegies (2016), a bilingual Estonian-English collection of photographs and poems (with Teri Varhol). Very often her poems deal with such subjects as emptiness, mourning, solitude, shame, humiliation. The driving force of the poems is reverence for life, the attempt to get at the core of things. Vassenin’s many-layered poetry is characterised by existential courage and an effort to see the beauty of life even in its most forbidding manifestations.

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

Books in Estonian

Horror vacui: luuletusi 2006–2012. Tallinn: NyNorden, 2013. 64 lk.

Eleegiad. Elegies. Tekst: Mariliin Vassenin. Fotod: Teri Varhol. Tallinn: Artellect Press, 2016. 24 lk.