The Greatest Estonian Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Czar's Madman by Jaan Kross

    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 by Jaan Kross

    "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
  3. 3. Naksitrallid by Eno Raud

    This book is a captivating children's tale that follows the adventures of three eccentric characters: Sammalhabe, Kingpool, and Muhv. These unlikely friends form a unique bond and embark on a series of whimsical escapades throughout their city. Their journey is not only a quest for adventure but also a mission to spread kindness and justice, confronting bullies and righting wrongs along the way. Set against a backdrop that blends mundane city life with magical realism, the story is a heartwarming exploration of friendship, courage, and the importance of standing up for what is right, all while navigating the challenges and surprises of their urban landscape.

    The 5457th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Walker On Water by Kristiina Ehin

    "Walker On Water" is a captivating novel that follows the journey of a young woman named Walker, who embarks on a transformative adventure across the vast oceans. Filled with poetic prose and vivid imagery, the book explores themes of self-discovery, love, and the power of nature as Walker navigates through both literal and metaphorical storms. Along the way, she encounters a diverse array of characters and experiences, each contributing to her personal growth and understanding of the world. Through Ehin's beautiful storytelling, "Walker On Water" offers a poignant exploration of the human spirit and the profound connections we can forge with the elements around us.

    The 8114th Greatest Book of All Time

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