Jaan Kross

Jaan Kross
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Jaan Kross

Jaan Kross (b. 1920) is the grand old man of contemporary Estonian literature. He graduated from Tartu University in 1944 as a lawyer, and subsequently tried his hand at journalism and translation. He was arrested in 1944 and accused of conspiracy against the occupying German forces. From 1948-1951 he was a prisoner in a labour camp in the autonomous Komi Republic, and from 1951-1954 lived in exile in the Krasnoyarsk region. After returning home he dedicated himself to literature as a free-lance writer and literary translator. His novels represent important historical figures from Estonian cultural history, and have enjoyed international recognition. Jaan Kross has won numerous Estonian and international prizes. He is an honorary doctor of Tartu University and of Helsinki University. He has published 33 books, and his works have been translated into twenty languages. Jaan Kross has been a nominee for the Nobel literary prize several times.





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