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Mihkel Mutt

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Mikhel Mutt (1953) is one of Estonia's most remarkable authors. He writes fiction (novels, stories and plays) as well as non-fiction, and from 1997 to 2007 he worked as editor-in-chief of Estonia's leading cultural weekly Sirp (Sickle). Since then he's been the editor-in-chief of the cultural monthly Looming.
Mutt's fictional prose can be characterised by an English-style comedy of manners combined with biting irony and hyperbolic wit. In his satires he is often focused on the cultural world and that of journalism, ruthlessly analysing art and life. Mutt's first novel, Hiired tuules (Mice in the Wind, 1982) is set in theatre circles and exposes artistic bohemianism by way of the characters of two eccentrics. The novel immediately became a cult object in itself. Its sequel Progressiivsed hiired (Progressive Mice, 2001) is a savage satire on present-day journalism and the world of private art galleries and the artists exhibiting there.
In Rahvusvaheline mees (International Man, 1994) Mutt describes the process leading up to the restoration of Estonian independence. The novel is based on Mutt's own short period of employment at the Estonian Foreign Ministry, and his attention focuses on diplomacy and international relations.
Mutt has chosen the genre of memoirs lately, mentioning George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia as an inspiration. In the first three volumes, Mälestused I-III (2009-2010), Mutt's attitude to life is like a collecting process of the past, aiming to have something worth remembering in the future, as a kind of mental pension fund.

 

 

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