Andrei Ivanov (b. 24/12/1971) sees himself as part of the Russian literary tradition, but identifies with Estonia as his home country and his creative point of departure. He graduated from Tallinn pedagogical university as a Russian philologist, lived in Denmark in a hippy commune, travelled elsewhere in Scandinavia, and he writes in Russian. His novels A Handful of Dust (2011) and Hanuman’s journey to Lolland (2009) recount his experiences in Scandinavia.
Ivanov’s most well-known book to date Hanuman’s journey to Lolland has been published in Russian, Estonian (2012) and German (2012). It is a picaresque novel, about a Russian from Tallinn who is a wanted man and his companion in fortune who is named after a monkey god, and their adventures in Denmark and its refugee camps, in constant fear of capture.
His novel Harbin Moths, which was published in 2013 and has already won several important literary awards, also deals with refugee life. It has been named one of the most noteworthy and acutely observed books to appear in Estonia in 2013, as well as the one with the most emotionally grating subject matter.
Andrei Ivanov has also published novellas and stories. He has been a member of the Estonian Writer’s Union since 2013.