Repeatedly miscast and pigeon-holed as either Nordic neighbours or former Soviet pawns, the Baltic states still struggle to reclaim and redefine their own identity on the world stage. So how do Baltic authors engage with their real heritage – and how do they move beyond it to create something new?
As part of a special event with the London Book Fair and the British Council, Calvert 22 Foundation will be digging into Baltic literary identity and its ongoing evolution in a discussion at our exhibition space in Shoreditch on Thursday 12 April, 7pm.
Hosted by writer and translator Allan Cameron, the discussion will see Estonian author Andrei Ivanov and translator and publicist Erika Lastovskyte discuss their thoughts on the region’s creative future.
Andrei will also be discussing his award-winning historical novel, The Harbin Moths, exploring Estonia’s interwar years through the lives of the local Russian intelligentsia. Starting with the exodus of refugees from Russia in 1919 and ending with Soviet expansion in the Baltic states in 1940, the book covers more than 20 years of turbulent Estonian history and its relationship with Moscow.
For more information, or to book your place, visit the Calvert 22 Foundation website by clicking here.