Literary awards 2008

by Peeter Helme

Estonian Literary Awards 2008

Peeter Helme

The annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment was given to the journalist and writer Mari Tarand for her childhood memoirs, Inside the Image of Time, about her brother, poet Juhan Viiding.

The genre awards of the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Literature Foundation in 2008 were distributed as follows:

·    The prose award went to Mari Saat for her novel The Redeemer of Lasnamäe.
·    The best achievement in poetry was Maarja Kangro’s Heureka.
·    Peeter Sauter’s play In the Cellar received the drama award.
·    Piret Raud-Kalda’s Princess Luluu and Mister Body was selected as best among books for children and young adults.
·    The essay and memoir award was given to Hellar Grabbi’s childhood memoirs Child of the Republic.
·    The award for translating from a foreign language into Estonian went to Kersti Unt for William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
·    Irja Grönholm received the award for translating Eeva Park’s Trap in Infinity from Estonian into German.
·    The jury also gave a special award without any genre specifications; this time it went to Margus Laidre’s monograph Dorpat 1558-1708.
·    The award for best article was received by Aivar Põldvee for Superstitious practices of common Estonians and the comeback of Johann Wolfgang Boecler. Contribution to the history of church, literature and customs (Ajalookirjutaja aeg, no 11).
·    The award for literature in Russian was given to Tatjana Kašneva for her The Mundanely Short Memory of Ours…as well as for her long-term achievements, and to Josef Kats for Old Tallinn. Four Seasons.

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·    The 2008 Betti Alver Debut Award went to Urmo Mets’ The Dossier of Unoccurred Influx. 
·    The 2008 Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award went to Indrek Hargla for My Days with Liina (Looming 2008, no 8) and to Jüri Tuulik's Tellicate (in the book Baltic herring, tiny nice fish: selected stories and recipes, 2008).
·    In 2008 the novel competition jury decided not to give the first place award, but instead gave one second place award to Milvi Martina Piir for Thirsty Butterflies, two third place awards, to Birk Rohelend for My Bovine Friend and to Marion Andra for Algolagnia, and two consolation prizes to Liina Lüecke for Autumn Mystery and to Raul Kurvitz for Sacred and Dreadful Smell. Two novels were also shortlisted: Robert Randma’s Cigarette and Helju Pets’ Lilacs without Lucky Blossoms.
·    The Eduard Vilde Award of Vinni Parish went to Rein Raud for his novella Brother.
·    The Virumaa Literary Award was given to Merle Karusoo’s Full Rooms. Life stories of the Estonian people in theatre texts.
·    Mari Tarand, who also received the annual award of the Cultural Endowment, was granted the Anton Hansen Tammsaare Albu Parish Literary Award for Inside the Image of Time.
·    The Võru County government’s Bernard Kangro Award for authors who are either from Võrumaa, connected with it or whose work depicts Võrumaa, went this time to Ilmar Vananurm’s poetry collection Take Across Take.
·    The Juhan Liiv Award is issued for the best Estonian-language poem published for the first time during the last year, by Alatskivi Parish, together with the Alatskivi Secondary School and Liiv Museum. This time Triin Soomets received it for her poem Death doesn’t pass us by.
·    The Gustav Suits Poetry Award, granted since 2004 by the Tartu city government and the Cultural Endowment of Tartu for a philosophically profound collection, went this time to Kalju Kruusa for his untranslatable Pilvedgi Mindgi Liigutavadgi (an approximation would be even the clouds move me too).
·    The Estonian science fiction Stalker Award is granted annually by the Estonian Science Fiction Association in different categories. The prize for the most important of them, best Estonian science fiction novel, went this year to Reserve Lieutenant-Colonel, military analyst and writer Leo Kunnas for his Gort Ashryn: part 1. Before the last war.