Jaan Kaplinski The Same River

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The Same River

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The first English translation of a major European literary figure and Nobel Prize nominee's most significant work of prose to date, this tense, cerebral, fascinating novel is the perfect introduction to Kaplinski A semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman, set in the early 1960s, this novel narrates the efforts of Kaplinski's youthful alter ego to lose his innocence and attain sexual and mystical knowledge. The 20-year-old protagonist finds an unofficial teacher in a retired theologian and poet, who is out of favor with the communist authorities. After a summer spent in intellectual and erotic soul-searching, the sexual and political intrigues finally overlap, leading to a quasi-solution. As KGB and university apparatchiks take a close interest in the relation of the two poets, the student outgrows his mentor, who despite accusing the human race of puerility, turns out to be a big and jealous child himself. This novel is seen by many as one of the crowning achievements of a long (and still-flourishing) career in Estonia, but this is the first time this unique work will be widely available in English.

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Poet and essayist Jaan Kaplinski is probably the best-known and most acclaimed Estonian writer today, and famous as one of those who wrote the Letter By The Forty, a dissident protest that rocked the Soviet authorities and was a signpost to the liberation of Estonia from Communist rule. He is the author of Evening Brings Everything Back and The Wandering Border.

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"A new light in the European galaxy."  —Independent

"He is re-thinking Europe, revisioning history, in these poems of our times. Elegant, musing, relentless, inward, fresh. Poems of gentle politics and love that sometimes scare you."  —Gary Snyder, author, Turtle Island, on Evening Brings Everything Back

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