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ISBN: 978-9985-58-707-2 Paperback 
500 pages

Jalutuskäigud Lotmaniga 
Strolls with Lotman (in Estonian)
Compiled by Mihhail Lotman

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Juri Lotman (1922-1993), a world-famous semiotician, literary and cultural historian, professor at the University of Tartu and founder of the Moscow-Tartu School in the 1960s, was the author of numerous important works on the semiotics of culture and the structure of poetry and literature.
This book is not dedicated to the academic aspect of Juri Lotman’s life, but rather portrays him as the person his colleagues and close friends knew in their daily lives. The book is comprised of Lotman’s recollections and interviews in Estonian as well as texts written during various periods of his life.
The book was compiled by Mihhail Lotman, Professor of Semiotics and Literary Theory atTallinn University.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-708-9 Paperback 
170 pages

Poliitika kui elukutse ja kutsumus. Teadus kui elukutse ja kutsumus 
Politics as a vocation. Science as a vocation (in Estonian)
Max Weber 

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Max Weber (1864-1920), generally recognised as a founder of modern social science, was interested in political affairs throughout his life. He made many significant analyses of academic and political vocations in his lectures on “Science as a Vocation” (Wissenschaft als Beruf, 1917) and “Politics as a Vocation” (Politik als Beruf, 1919). Now these texts are available in one book in Estonian, with foreword by French philosopher, sociologist and political scientist Raymond Aron, and afterword by sociologist and translator Henn Käärik.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-709-6 Paperback 
266 pages

Марк Алданов и Лев Толстой: к проблеме рецепции  
Mark Aldanov and Lev Tolstoy: on the Problem of Reception (in Russian)
Olesya Lagashina

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This study describes the way in which Russian émigré writer Mark Aldanov (1889-1957) – one of the most renowned writers of his times, who was famous for historical fiction – perceived Leo Tolstoy’s ideas and reflected them in his work. During the Soviet period, Aldanov was banned in Russia and did not attract scholarly interest beyond the West. Although Russian doctoral candidates have recently started defending PhD dissertations in studies of Aldanov, they still lag behind their Western colleagues and have duplicated some work of American students.
The comparative analysis of Aldanov’s works devoted to Tolstoy to those of I. Bunin, V. Maklakov, N. Berdjajev and other of his contemporaries enables us to reconstruct the Tolstoy myth that existed in exile and which played a major role in emigrants’ self-consciousness.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-697-6 Paperback 
234 pages

Непредсказуемые механизмы культуры 
Unpredictable Mechanisms of Culture (in Russian)
Juri Lotman

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This book, dictated by cultural semiotician Juri Lotman at the end of his life, completes his former work "Culture and Explosion". Due to its difficult editorial history, this work remained unknown for a long time. The author analyses the universal rules of history, the meaning of explosion and unpredictability in culture, and discusses art as a workshop of unpredictability.
The legendary semiotician Juri Lotman (1922−1993), one of the founders of the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics, did not live to see this work published – it was edited by his disciples.

 

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ISBN 9789985587065
Paperback
132 pages

A Brief History of Sexuality in Premodern Japan 
Saeko Kimura

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“A Brief History of Sexuality in Pre-modern Japan” addresses sexuality in pre-modern Japanese society as revealed by court literature, picture scrolls and Buddhist art. Based on the balance between power and productivity, which derived from a political system utilizing marriage politics, pre-modern sexuality transcended the dualism of homo/heterosexuality.
Also discussed are the relationship of sexuality to family structure, feelings of desire between mothers and children, and other topics that combine to paint a compelling picture of gender politics and sexuality in pre-modern Japan. The book is based on two prize-winning studies that have previously been published only in Japanese.
Saeko Kimura is an Associate Professor in the Department of International and Cultural Studies at Tsuda College,Tokyo, Japan.

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ISBN 9789985587058 Paperback 
242 pages

Gilgameši eepos
The Epic of Gilgamesh (in Estonian)
Translation from the Akkadi language and comments by Amar Annus

9 €

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This epic poem from Mesopotamia is among the earliest known works of literature. The most complete version existing today is preserved on 12 clay tablets from the library of the 7th-century B.C. Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. After nearly one hundred fifty years of archaeology and patient scholarship, the general consensus is that the 7th-century tablets, written in the Semitic Akkadian language, are a copy of a 12-tablet "Standard Version" dating back to about 1200 B.C. This version is in turn a conflation and revision of earlier Babylonian traditions, themselves rooted in a number of Sumerian stories recorded centuries earlier in the third millennium. Since neither the Sumerians nor Babylonians wrote history in the modern sense, exact dating is difficult, so do we not know with certainty when and where the epic version actually originated.
Translated from the Akkadian language into Estonian by Amar Annus.

 

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Connecting Paradigms of Motor Behaviour to Sport and Physical Education 
Edited by Kaivo Thomson and Anthony Watt


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“Connecting Paradigms of Motor Behaviour to Sport and Physical Education” presents recent articles that examine theoretical and empirical research on the learning and teaching of motor skills. The development of the book is based on the effect of synergism – a phenomenon whereby the cooperative interaction of multiple psychological, pedagogical, and biological ideas, drawn from the systemic model, produces an outcome that is superior to that which could be expected from knowledge derived from the independent contributions of these disciplines.
For students, researchers and teachers working in the fields of sports and physical education, this book should promote a deeper understanding of previous knowledge, and provide exposure to ideas that frame new perspectives related to the acquisition of skills and motor learning.

 

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Baltic Suicide Paradox 
Edited by Airi Värnik, Merike Sisask and Peeter Värnik

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Suicide is the most extreme form of self-destructive behaviour. The mystery of suicide has prompted mankind to search for the causes of self-inflicted mortality in all ages and societies. During the last 50 years, most of the research into suicide has been conducted in countries with established democracies and market economies, in which no significant societal changes have taken place. By contrast, this book provides the reader with insights into the sociological and psychological aspects of suicide in the Baltic countries –Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which have experienced dramatic social upheaval in the last 30 years.
The peaks and valleys of suicide curves coincide with rapid socio-political and economic changes that demanded high levels of adaptation in all post-Soviet countries. It has been found that the causes of suicide in Eastern European countries varied widely and the same explanations do not apply to all of them; however, the relationship between suicide and social processes is undeniable.
This book presents a collection of ideas and theories from well-known researchers about suicide in the Baltic countries against the backdrop of the former Soviet Union, its satellites and Western Europe.

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ISBN: 978-9985-58-701-0
Paperback

The Dilemmas Of Identity 
George Schöpflin

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What is an identity? What is the function of identities and why do we have them? Why do we identify with some people more strongly than with others? And what role do identities play in politics and the exercise of political power?
This book is devoted to looking at these and related questions from a thoroughly multi-disciplinary perspective, relying on insights from various fields of study, including political science, sociology, anthropology and social psychology, to provide mutual illumination
The scope of the book is very bold, relating identity to power, community and globalisation, while simultaneously and successfully fusing theory and case studies. Identity and nationhood are central world concepts and this book offers a unique approach to the role that identities play.
George Schöpflin is a Hungarian academic and politician and a Member of the European Parliament.

 

Leonidas Donskis,

Member of the European Parliament,

Professor of Political Science at Vytautas

Magnus University in Kaunas (until 2009)


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Hullunud pilv 
Crazy Cloud (in Estonian)
Ikkyū Sōjun
Translation from classical Chinese and comments by Rein Raud

6 €

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Ikkyū was born in 1394 in a small suburb ofKyoto. It is generally held that he was the son of Emperor Go-Komatsu and a low-ranking court noblewoman. Ikkyū was a poet, calligrapher and musician who viewed the world with a profound insight that brooked no pretense, and favored unvarnished truth above religious and social conventions.
Ikkyū Sōjun was appointed head priest of the great temple at Kyoto, but he renounced the position after just nine days, denouncing the hypocrisy of the monks around him.
His poetry is often frankly erotic, sometimes humorously so. Yet it manages to achieve an immediacy and insight that is the essence of Zen practice.

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Armastus, vihkamine ja vastuseis
Love, Hate and Dissent (in Estonian)
Leonidas Donskis

9 €

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This is a collection of articles on the topics of open and closed societies, utopias as social myths, and the birth of conspiracy theories.
Leonidas Donskis, Ph.D., is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst, and political commentator.
“It is a tragic and distasteful feature of our way of life that we tend to cultivate fear, hatred, and the use of violence in the name of a better, peaceful existence – of happiness, humanity and love: we resort to evil in order (or at least so we think) to promote good.  It is on that unfortunate and potentially disastrous tendency in our communal life that Leonidas Donskis, with an eminent sense of purpose and exceptional clarity, has focused his lifelong inquiry. The rich harvest of that study is sampled in this book.”
Zygmunt Bauman (University of Leeds)