10.12.2011

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The Estonian Literature Centre celebrated her 10th anniversary with an international seminar for translators of Estonian literature from 3 to 8 December, 2011. A score of most experienced translators from all over the world were invited to partake in a colourful program that took them to Tallinn, Tartu and the South Estonian village of Mutiku, where they were hosted by Jaan Kaplinski. The translators had a discussion with Estonian writers Urmas Vadi, Mehis Heinsaar, Ene Mihkelson, Kauksi Ülle, Jaan Undusk, Maarja Kangro, Andrei Hvostov, Mihkel Mutt, Tiit Aleksejev, Mats Traat, Andrus Kivirähk, Mari Saat, Indrek Hargla, Viiu Härm and Paul-Eerik Rummo. In Tallinn they visited the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre and the Estonian Children's Literature Centre. In Tartu the translators had an opportunity to hear a lecture on Mats Traat's work by Mart Velsker and a poetry reading featuring South Estonian poets Contra, Kauksi Ülle, Mehis Heinsaar, Timo Maran and Merca. ELIC, together with the Estonian National Library organized a book exhibition on Estonian literature in translation 2001–2011 that was opened during the seminar. There was also a book launch at the National Library: „Estonia Found in Translation", a collection of essays by all the translators present writing about their first encounter with Estonia and Estonian literature. Beside that, Prof. Cornelius Hasselblatt presented his latest work on the reception of Estonian literature in Germany. The seminar ended with a banquet.

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