Peeter Sauter (b. 1962) is an important name in Estonian short prose since 1990. He has studied drama at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn and at Liverpool John Moores University. His works include plays and film scripts, travel books and children’s literature.
His first book Indigo (1990) introduced a new method, a new world view and a new stylistic technique in the Estonian literature of the time.
From then, he is a talented and naturalistic confessional story-teller, breaking the norms of literary language. All the more surprising, then, are Sauter’s first-person narrators who as a rule lack initiative – or what is generally perceived as initiative. The stories they tell are not vertical, they have no redeeming features. Sauter’s narrators do not save anyone, not even themselves. To call them heroes would be a gross exaggeration. The framework of the narrative is composed of trivial details, it is a mosaic of everyday life as a complete and detailed picture. A master of dialogues, the logic and rhetoric of Sauter’s characters hold a kind of organic naturalism coupled with a very humane warmness. He is capable of a very special kind of gentleness, breaking loose in his more autographical pieces, and also in his children books.
Sauter has translated the works of Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski into Estonian, and he has been awarded in several genres: for the short stories, plays, children books and travelogues.