Kaur Kender

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Kaur Kender (born 27 May 1971) is an Estonian author[1] and entrepreneur.

An advertising executive by profession, Kender entered the Estonian literary scene in 1998 with his debut novel "Independence Day" ("Iseseisvuspäev").

His writing is as controversial and provocative as his own life and personality – he has once said that sometimes he wishes that truck drivers and prostitutes would write more books because they have unusual stories to tell.[citation needed]

In early 2016, he was charged with writing child pornography and put on trial, but was later acquitted.[2][3][4]

Kender provided both input and investment to support his fellow Estonian author Robert Kurvitz first through his novel Sacred and Terrible Air (2013), and then later the development of the video game Disco Elysium, which had become a critical darling and financial success for Kurvitz's development team ZA/UM.[5]


  • Iseseisvuspäev (Independence Day) (1998)
  • Yuppiejumal (Yuppiegod) (1999)
  • Ebanormaalne (Abnormal) (2000)
  • Läbi rahulike silmade (Through Peaceful Eyes) (2001)
  • Check Out (2001)
  • Pangapettus (Bank Con) (2002)
  • Kuidas saada isaks (How to Become a Father) (2003)
  • Raha (Money) (2002) (together with Rain Lõhmus)
  • Comeback (2010)


  1. ^ Hasselblatt, Cornelius (2006). Geschichte der estnischen Literatur: von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Walter de Gruyter. p. 774. ISBN 978-3-11-018025-1.
  2. ^ Src='https://Secure.gravatar.com/Avatar/61727831ef9ac54d8c246d8b442db9d3?s=160, <img Alt=; #038;d=mm; Srcset='https://Secure.gravatar.com/Avatar/61727831ef9ac54d8c246d8b442db9d3?s=320, #038;r=g'; #038;d=mm; Loading='lazy'/>, #038;r=g 2x' Class='avatar Avatar-160 Photo' Height='160' Width='160' (2017-01-05). "Transgression as ends and means: The trial of Kaur Kender". Lefteast. Retrieved 2022-05-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ ERR, BNS | (2016-02-10). "Trial of Kaur Kender on child porn charges to be partially closed to the public". ERR. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  4. ^ "Estonia: Savisaar says will stay in politics for a long time". www.baltictimes.com. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  5. ^ Wiltshire, Alex (9 January 2020). "The making of Disco Elysium: How ZA/UM created one of the most original RPGs of the decade". GamesRadar. Retrieved 8 April 2020.

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