Estonian Life Stories
This anthology contains 25 selected life stories collected from Estonians who lived through the tribulations of the 20 century, and describe the travails of ordinary people under numerous regimes. The autobiographical accounts provide authentic perspectives on events of this period, where time is placed in the context of life-spans, and subjects grounded in personal experience. Most of the life stories reveal sufferings under foreign (Russian) oppression.
About the Authors
Rutt Hinrikus, head of the Estonian Life Histories Association. Her main research fields are 20th century Estonian literature, Estonian life stories, and Estonian literature in exile.
Tiina Kirss is professor of Estonian literature at the University of Tartu. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan (1994). Her primary research interests are 20th century comparative European literary history, autobiography and life histories, oral history, Siberian deportations in the Baltics, trauma theory, feminist theory etc.
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