Ain Kaalep

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Ain Kaalep in 2000.

Ain Kaalep (born 4 June 1926 in Tartu) is an Estonian poet, playwright, literary critic and translator.

Biography and career[edit]

Kaalep was born in Tartu, Estonia. He studied at the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium and at the University of Tartu, from which he graduated in 1956, specializing in Finno-Ugric languages.

In 1989–2001, Kaalep was the editor-in-chief of the journal Akadeemia. In 2002 he held a one-year professorship of Liberal Arts at the University of Tartu.

Kaalep was a member of the Congress of Estonia.

He has published mainly poetry collections. In addition, he has translated into Estonian poetry and prose works from German (Johannes Robert Becher, Bertolt Brecht, Heimito von Doderer, Günter Eich, Max Frisch, Albert Paris Gütersloh, Hermann Hesse, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Ödön von Horváth, Hans Henry Jahnn, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Heinrich Mann, Georg Maurer, Hans Erich Nossack, Benno Pludra, Friedrich Schiller), Spanish (Vicente Aleixandre, Federico García Lorca, Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Octavio Paz, José Soler Puig, César Vallejo), French (Charles Baudelaire, Jacques Prévert, To Hoai), Portuguese (Agostinho Neto, Fernando Pessoa), Catalan (Salvador Espriu), Ukrainian (Taras Shevchenko), Polish (Juliusz Słowacki), English, Galician, Provençal, Turkish (Nâzım Hikmet Ran), Tajik, Uzbek, Georgian, Finnish (Arvo Turtiainen), Latin (Ovid), and Ancient Greek (Sophocles, together with Ülo Torpats).

Works[edit]

  • Aomaastikud (1962)
  • Samarkandi vihik (poetry, 1962)
  • Iidamast ja Aadamast ehk Antimantikulaator (play, 1967)
  • Järvemaastikud (1968)
  • Mäe veri (Totomauna) (play, 1970)
  • Klaasmaastikud (1971)
  • Paani surm ja teisi luuletusi (1976)
  • Peegelmaastikud (I 1976, II 1980)
  • Kuldne Aphrodite ja teisi luuletusi (1986)
  • Maavallast ja maailmakirjandusest (essays and literary criticism, 1984)
  • Minu silmad ja sinu silmad (play, 1965)
  • Kolm Lydiat (essays and literary criticism, 1997)
  • Haukamaa laulu (1999)
  • Jumalatosin (2008)
  • Muusad ja maastikud. Luuletusi aastaist 1945–2008 (2008)

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