Heiti Talvik

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Heiti Talvik (born 9 November 1904 in Tartu, died 18 July 1947 in the Tyumen Oblast, Soviet Union) was an Estonian poet.[1]

Life and literary career[edit]

Heiti Talvik's father was a family doctor based in Tartu, the mother was pianist. In 1923, he left the school early and initially sought work in oil shale mining at Kohtla-Järve. During that time he wrote poems himself, which were published in the literary magazine Looming (Creation), then edited by Friedebert Tuglas.

In 1926 he completed his study at a gymnasium in Pärnu. After his graduation he studied at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Tartu from 1926 to 1934.

After 1928, Talvik dedicated himself more and more to poetry. In 1934, after the publication of the poetry collection Palavik (Fever), he became one of the most famous Estonian poets and member of the writers group Arbujad (Shaman). The circle included the poet Betti Alver who married Talvik in 1937.

With the occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union, Heiti Talvik was deported to Siberia in May 1945, never to be heard of again. He probably died in July 1947 as a consequences of the deportation, the location of his grave is unknown.

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Palavik (1934)
  • Kohtupäev (1937)


  1. ^ Aleksis Rannit, Heiti Talvik, an Estonian poet (1904-1947): from decadent dream to martyrdom, P.E.N. International Congress in Jerusalem, 1976