Ilmar Taska

Ilmar Taska is best known as a film director and a producer. His debut novel Pobeda 1946: A Car Called Victory (Norvik Press, 2018, translated by Christopher Moseley) captures the distrust and fear among Estonians living under the Soviet occupation after World War II. The reader is transported to a world seen through the eyes of a young boy, where it is difficult to know who is right and who is wrong, be they occupiers or occupied.

Friday, 13 April

Peering through the Iron Curtain | Ilmar Taska launches Pobeda 1946: A Car Called Victory

With Anna Winslet, Edmund Harcourt, Chris McKeeman and Rosie Goldsmith and music by Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste

EstLitFest is proud to host the UK launch of Ilmar Taska’s first full length novel. A fascinating evocation of Estonian life under Soviet occupation, Pobeda 1946 is told through the eyes of a young boy, and brilliantly captures the distrust and fear that was felt by so many Estonians after World War II. The novel is brought to life with a dramatic reading by UK actors Anna Winslet, Edmund Harcourt and Chris McKeeman, with music by Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste. Ilmar Taska will be in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith.

Ilmar Taska is best known as a film director and producer. His debut novel Pobeda 1946: A Car Called Victory is based on an award-winning short story from 2014 and is published by Norvik Press (2018, translated by Christopher Moseley).

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist. In 20 years on the BBC staff she has travelled the world covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa. She is the founder of the European Literature Network.

8pm, Theatre | £6, 50mins

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