Longing for the bosom of the rowan-tree: Viivi Luik

by Arne Merilai

Viivi Luik is one of the most treasured writers of contemporary Estonian literature. With her poetry, she addresses readers of her own mother-tongue from the depths of their history, language and culture, while her novels Seitsmes rahukevad (The Seventh Spring of Peace) and Ajaloo ilu (The Beauty of History) were published in a number of foreign countries. Considering her growing intellectual presence and emerging poetics, Viivi’s work constitutes a representative model, for a whole generation, of ‘Soviet’ Estonian literature. >>

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