Views of Freedom. Mats Traat

by Livia Viitol

Mats Traat can be regarded as a panoramic describer of Estonian history, as well as a researcher of the Estonian soul. Having started as a poet in the 1950s, he became a highly original prose-writer by the 1970s, and his novel Tants aurukatla ümber (Dance around the Steam Boiler, 1971) is one of the seminal works in Estonian literature. Traat's works are, indeed, characterised by a singular feature: they do not age. In fact, they gain significance as time passes. >>

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