The Greatest Estonian "Historical fiction, Estonia" Books of All Time

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Historical fiction

Historical fiction is a genre of literature that combines fictional stories with real historical events, settings, and characters. These books often take place in a specific time period and are based on research and factual information, but also include imaginative elements to create a compelling narrative. Historical fiction allows readers to experience the past in a unique and engaging way, while also providing insight into the social, cultural, and political issues of the time.

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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

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