Jaan Kross

Jaan Kross was an Estonian writer known for his historical novels and poetry. He is considered one of Estonia's most important literary figures and was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Czar's Madman

    The book follows the life of Timo von Bock, a Baltic German nobleman who is confined to his estate for nine years as a result of a letter he wrote to Czar Alexander I, criticizing the regime and suggesting reforms. The story is narrated by Timo's brother-in-law, Jakob, who has been tasked with monitoring him. As the narrative unfolds, Jakob struggles with his loyalty to the czar and his sympathy for Timo's idealistic views. The book explores themes of freedom, loyalty, and the struggle for personal and national identity against the backdrop of 19th-century Estonia.

    The 2915th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Professor Martens' Departure

    "Professor Martens' Departure" is a historical fiction novel that chronicles the life of a real-life international law professor from Estonia. The story is set during the period of the Russian Revolution and World War I, and follows the protagonist as he navigates the political turmoil of the time. The narrative explores themes of personal integrity, professional ethics, and the struggle to maintain one's principles in the face of political pressure and personal ambition.

    The 3099th Greatest Book of All Time