Mihkel Mutt will be on stage twice during the upcoming London Book Fair, on April 13 and 14.
On the occasion of the LBF the Estonian Embassy is welcoming international publishers and other guests at the Hospital Club Oak Room in London on Monday, 13 April at 6pm.
British journalist Edward Lucas and Estonian writer Mihkel Mutt will be discussing literature, language and history in a discussion moderated by Rosie Goldsmith.
This event is by invitation only. In case of interest please contact Martin Teras: email@example.com
Location: Hospital Club Oak Room, 24 Endell Street WC2H 9HQ London
Organizers: Embassy of Estonia in London, Estonian Literature Centre, Estonian Publishers' Association, Estonian Childrens' Literature Centre. Supported by Republic of Estonia Government Office and European Union Regional Development Fund.
On Tuesday, 14 April at 2:30 pm Mihkel Mutt and Edward Lucas will be talking about Estonia at the Book Fair seminar at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The discussion is inspired by Mihkel Mutt's novel "Kooparahvas läheb ajalukku" that will soon be published in the USA by Dalkey Archive Press under the heading The Cavemen Chronicle. This witty novel gives an ironically iconic picture of the lives and thoughts of artists under Soviet regime in Estonia before the restoration of it's independence.
Never before or since have the arts enjoyed such a high social standing as in the late Soviet decades. In spite of or rather due to the censorship, artists and their pursuits occupied a central place in the communist social consciousness. As Philip Roth quipped about the artists’ situation in the Eastern bloc: Nothing goes, and everything matters. You will learn how a total and complete absurd can create genius and brilliant ideas.