A Trap in Infinity

Novels

Lõks lõpmatuses

A Trap in Infinity (Novels, Estonian)
Published by Tänapäev, 2003, pp. 208

In her third novel Eeva Park has evidently achieved just the kind of concentration and result she had been aspiring for. This intense novel has a very well-defined composition, it discusses sharp social and psychological problems, it has an engaging plot and you feel that the end comes too quickly. We could say that this is the very novel that many writers dream about writing, and these kinds of problems have been overlooked for too long. But still, this novel has not caused as much excitement in literary circles as several other books also published in 2003.

A Trap in Infinity is about trafficking, prostitution, but also about children in the streets, about human relations and about the limits of tolerance and permissibility, both in life and in art. The first person narrator, a young woman in her twenties, cowers in a half-burnt house among outcasts, remembers past events and hides some kind of secret. She is also planning something. In due time her story, which is at the same time trivial and frightening, comes out. She had met a young and handsome rich man, fallen under his spell and, dreaming about the good life, had gone with the man to Germany to sell some rare stamps, which she had inherited. But the man she fell in love with sold not the stamps, but the girl.

The author spares her readers the brutal scenes of everyday life of a sex slave; we get some glimpses of it only when the protagonist recalls some fragmented memories. She manages to escape with the help of dollars that came from another girl who was killed in a similar attempt. She was in Berlin, alone and without documents, and finally returned to Tallinn. Now, her goal is revenge. The novel ends when she has achieved her goal. A group of people party on a tourist farm; in earlier times, she herself could have been among them. Now, she keeps vigil outside, with a gun in her hand. When Lars, the dazzling salesman, who had successfully sold her, goes to swim after a session in the sauna, she pulls the trigger, and then puts the gun barrel into her own mouth. All that had once been is burnt to ashes.

This novel is a challenge to those who, either cynically or short-sightedly, talk about prostitution as a form of enterprise that needs regulation. It is also a warning to young girls. It could be said that the road that leads to prostitution in a post-socialist society is often even more trivial, the deals are even cheaper, fewer words are wasted on the subject and the social background is even clearer. A Trap in Infinity could also be called a psychological thriller that cuts deep into an abscess of society, and keeps its readers enthralled to the end.

Text by Rutt Hinrikus

First published in the Estonian Literary Magazine


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