Jaan Kross passed awayThursday, December 27, 2007 at 16:34 | Posted in Estonia, History, literature | 7 Comments
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I just heard in the radio and read in the paper that the great Estonian writer Jaan Kross passed away today at the age of 87. He was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel price in literature but was unfortunately never rewarded.
Jaan Kross was imprisoned during WW II by the German occupation and after the war by the Soviets. He was deported to Siberia by the Russians. His career as a writer started when he was allowed to return to Estonia 1954.
Kross started his career as a poet but he is best known of his historical novels. The Wikman Boys, 1988 and Tahtamaa (2001) are in my bookshelf. Between Three Plagues, 1970 and The Czar’s Madman, 1978, are among his most celebrated books.
Jaan Kross had a long and outstanding life. Unfortunately he did not survive to experience the 90th anniversary of Estonian independence which is five days after what would have been his own 88th birthday.