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Book Title: Professor Martens' Abreise|
Date of issue: January 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9783446163638
The author of the book: Jaan Kross
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 845 KB
Read full description of the books Professor Martens' Abreise:Estland zu Beginn dieses Jahrhunderts: Professor Martens fährt nach Petersburg. Unterwegs läßt er noch einmal sein Leben an sich vorüberziehen. Es ist, von außen gesehen, eine steile Karriere, vom Sohn eines Flickschneiders zum international angesehenen Diplomaten. Doch als er auf den inneren Konflikt zwischen politischem Opportunismus und persönlicher Integrität stößt, weicht sein Stolz der Todesangst. In diesem historischen Roman voller politischer Brisanz stellt Jaan Kross die Frage nach der Mittäterschaft unter einem autoritären Regime.
Read information about the authorEstonia's best-known and most translated writer is Jaan Kross. He has been tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature on several occasions for his novels, but did in fact start his literary career as a poet and translator of poetry. On his return from the labour camps and internal exile in Russia, where he spent the years 1946-1954 as a political prisoner, Kross renewed Estonian poetry, giving it new directions.
Kross began writing prose in the latter half of the 1960s, first with a film scenario "A Livonian Chronicle" (Liivimaa kroonika) which dealt with the life of the author Balthasar Russow (1536-1600) and which also became the subject of his first masterpiece "Between Three Plagues" (Kolme katku vahel, 1970), a suit of four novels. From that time onwards Kross moved by stage nearer to our present time in history, describing figures from Estonian history, first in short stories and novellæ, later in novels, also in writings where he has drawn upon his own experiences. The heroes of his novels tend to be of Estonian or Baltic German origin and cultured people, though on the margins of society and are usually faced with a moral dilemma of some sort.
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