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Andrus Kivirähk
Andrus Kivirähk

Andrus Kivirähk (b. 1970) is an Estonian national treasure, the most loved Estonian writer or the past decade or so. Of course he is a humorist, a joker in the best sense of the word, but perhaps one can only speak of the most painful things by smiling through tears. He is one of the most fascinating writers of the younger generation in Estonia. A journalist by profession, graduating from Tartu University in 1993, he is primarily known for his humorous, taboo-breaking satirical pieces published in newspapers. Kivirähk is an excellent storyteller who writes with a warm gentle humour – he is certainly a highly original comic talent in Estonian literature. The novel Mees, kes teadis ussisőnu won Eduard Vilde Literary Award and the Stalker Award in 2008; and in 2014, The Annual Award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment, which recognizes the international success of this novel.