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Uno Laht, (April 30, 1924 in Valga, Estonia – September 24, 2008 in Tallinn) was an Estonian writer and poet who wrote about the characteristics of everyday Soviet life in poetry. Laht was also a NKVD (later KGB) officer who participated in arrests and deportations in 1940s.
Laht also used the palindromic pseudonym Onu Thal.
Laht's humorous satires were popular, notably in the collections Piimahambad in 1954 ("Milk Teeth") and its second version Piimahambad (plombeeritud) in 1956 ("Milk Teeth, Filled"). The subject matter includes "shock troops" (work battalions sent to pioneer new agricultural and industrial collective projects), cultural restriction, time wasting bureaucracy and other phenomena of Soviet life. Laht has published several books, mostly satirical poetry and humor. In 1975, Laht was awarded the Tuglas Prize for his short story We Good Fellows All Over the Earth. He has declared his political views changed at the restoration of the Estonian independence. He left the USSR Union of Writers and rejected the status of a Soviet war veteran.
Laht died on September 24, 2008 after a lengthy illness.
- Laar, Mart (1992). War in the Woods: Estonia's Struggle for Survival, 1944-1956. Howells House. pp. 238, 249. ISBN 9780929590080.
- Скончался эстонский писатель и антифашист Уно Лахт (in Russian). REGNUM News Agency. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
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