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ISSN 2228-0669
222 pages
Published 2019

Eesti Sõjaajaloo Aastaraamat 8 (14), 2018 
Estonian Yearbook of Military History
Rahvusväeosad I maailmasõjas – impeeriumide värbamispoliitikast iseseisvate rahvusriikide relvajõududeni

National Formations in the Great War: From an Imperial Mobilisation Policy to Armies of Independent Nation States (in Estonian, abstracts in English)

Editor: Toomas Hiio

10 €


Estonian Yearbook of Military History 8 (14) examines the diverse national personnel of the armies of great empires during World War I as well as the emergence of the armed forces of nation states that came into being or were restored at the end of the world war and the first battles. The yearbook includes six longer articles and three shorter overviews on the basis of the presentations of the conference “National military units in World War I – from the recruitment policy of empires to the armed forces of nation states” as well as one book review. In 2019, 100 years passed as of the establishment of the Estonian War Museum, and an article has also been dedicated to the fate of the museum’s collections during the first century of the museum.

The authors of the yearbook are Gavin Wiens (Canada), Sergi Tšoli (Ukraine), Ruslana Martsenjuk (Ukraine), Michał Przybylak (Poland), Andrii Rukkas (Ukraine), Maciej Górny (Poland), Ciro Paoletti and Loredana Vannacci (Italy), Jonas Vaičenonis (Lithuania), Daniel Rodrigues (Portugal), Airi Herm and Aivo Põlluäär (Estonia), Toomas Hiio (Estonia).


368 pages
Published 2019

Intensiivne teadus ja virtuaalne filosoofia
Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (in Estonian)
Manuel DeLanda

Translated from English by Mart Kangur

13,20 €


Manuel DeLanda’s (b. 1952) book “Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy” is suitable as a textbook of the philosophy of science as well as a good introduction to the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Manuel DeLanda is an American artist, writer and philosopher of Mexican origin. He has researched and developed the thought of French modern philosophers, primarily of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattar. “Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy” explains the realism of the philosophy of Deleuze in a language understandable for analytic philosophers and philosophers of science, and brings out the mathematical bases of his ontology. The author opens and develops – “translates” – the thoughts of Deleuze by original examples and concepts, emphasizing with amazing clarity the extent to which their real potential is still awaiting to be discovered.


211 pages
Published 2019

Sürrealismi manifestid
Manifestoes of Surrealism (in Estonian)
André Breton

Translated from French by Kristjan Haljak

11,20 €


André Breton (1896–1966) was a French poet and thinker, the key figure in the Surrealist movement. His contribution to the continuation of the avant-gardist explosion between two world wars and to the steering and systematic analysis of its reverberations is noteworthy.  Although the author regarded himself primarily as a poet, he has gone down in the history more as the main theorist and organizer of the Surrealist movement. This selection of texts provides an insight into the history of surrealism as a literary, artistic and philosophical (ideological) movement, granting the reader at least one pattern which helps to understand the currents of thought and history of the first half of the past century. Indeed, why not also into the surreal nature, root system of the present moment.

The book consists of the translations of the manifestoes of Surrealism written by Breton and Kristjan Haljak’s afterword justifying their importance in the context of Estonia. 


Hard cover 
608 pages
Published 2019

Muinas-Egiptuse ahvatlus. Artikleid Vana-Egiptuse kultuuriajaloost ja selle retseptsioonist
The Allurement of Ancient Egypt. Articles on the cultural history of Ancient Egypt and its reception (in Estonian)
Sergei Stadnikov

Compiled and edited by Marek Tamm

25,99 €


Sergei Stadnikov (1956–2015) was the first and currently the last Estonian Egyptologist who was able to write the cultural heritage of Ancient Egypt into a part of Estonian culture and scientific thought on his own. This book comprises the author’s articles from a long period and different publications. Stadnikov’s speciality-specific articles mostly revolve around two subjects: cultural history of Ancient Egypt, especially matters related to religion and power, and the reception and research history of Ancient Egypt in the 19th and 20th century, particularly in the Baltic German circles. “The Allurement of Ancient Egypt” as a title refers to the author himself, his enthusiasm concerning Egypt which started in his early youth. Equally, the title indicates Stadnikov’s wish to make Ancient Egypt attractive to Estonian readers – the aim to which he dedicated the greater part of his life. The book is framed by an extensive insight into Stadnikov’s creation by Mait Kõiv and bibliography of research works compiled together with Vladimir Sazonov.


376 pages
Published 2019

Kunst kui kogemus
Art as Experience (in Estonian)
John Dewey

Translation from English by Anne Lange

19,10 €


Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, delivered as the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, Art as Experience has grown to be considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.


301 pages
Published 2019

Kütid, karjused, kriitikud: Digiühiskonna utoopia 
Hunters, Herdsmen, Critics: A utopia for digital society (In Estonian)
Richard David Precht

Translation from German by Katrin Kaugver

14,90 €


The fact that the world is changing at a breath-taking pace has become common knowledge. But how are we reacting to it? Some people are welcoming the digital future with appalling naivety; others are vociferous in their warnings about the dictatorship of digital companies in Silicon Valley; and then there are those who would rather go back to the past.

Richard David Precht has sketched out a picture of a desirable future in a digital age. Would we lose out if the achievement-oriented society we know now were to come to an end? As far as Precht is concerned, it would be an opportunity for us to live more fulfilled and self-determined lives in the future. For this to happen, however, we must set the course now for a systematic change of our social system. After all, the future is not coming – we are making it. The question is not: How are we going to live? But rather: How do we want to live?


338 pages
Published 2019

Valik artikleid muusikapedagoogikast ja muusikapsühholoogiast
A Selection of Articles on Music Pedagogy and Music Psychology (In Estonian)
Riho Päts

Compiled by Inge Raudsepp and Maie Vikat

16,90 €


The collection consists of forty selected articles reflecting the principles and views of the educational activities of nearly 50 years of Professor Riho Päts, which are topical in the music education of Estonian general education school also today. The author synthesises the best results of music pedagogy in the whole world, provides methodological guidance for organising music-related work in schools and searches for answers to the key questions of music pedagogy: how to develop students’ cognitive and musical skills, how to activate musical thinking, how to connect music education provided by schools with out-of-school musical culture and what are the bases for achieving effective results in music education. The tenet of the pedagogical work of Päts – music education should be emotional rather than didactic in its essence so that children could develop an interest in and love for music – is the most important goal also in current music education.


298 pages
Published 2019

A Child From the Village (In Estonian)
Sayyid Quṭb
Translation from Arabic and afterword by Üllar Peterson

13,60 €


Well known throughout the Islamic world as the foundational thinker for a significant portion of the contemporary Muslim intelligentsia, Sayyid Qutb (1906–1966) was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was jailed by Gamal Abdul Nasser’s government in 1954. He became one of the most uncompromising voices of the movement we now call Islamism and is perhaps best known for his book, Ma`lam fi al-tariq.

“A Child from the Village” was written just prior to Qutb’s conversion to the Islamist cause and reflects his concerns for social justice. Interst in Qutb’s writing has increased in the West since Islamism has emerged as a power on the world scene.

In this memoir, Qutb recalls his childhood in the village of Musha in Upper Egypt. He chronicles the period between 1912 and 1918, a time immensely influential in the creation of modern Egypt. Written with much tenderness toward childhood memories, it has become a classic in modern Arabic autobiography. Qutb offers a clear picture of Egyptian village life in the early twentieth century, its customs and lore, educational system, religious festivals, relations with the central government, and the struggle to modernize and retain its identity. Translators John Calvert and William Shepard capture the beauty and intensity of Qutb’s prose

The Estonian publication includes a thorough afterword by Üllar Peterson about the life, the views and the works of the author. 


ISBN 978-9985-58-868-0
304 pages
Published 2019

Milleks uurida meediat
Why Study the Media? (In Estonian)
Roger Silverstone
Translation from English by Liisi Rünkla

17,10 €


The centrality of the media, all media, to human experience - from the conduct of everyday life, to the exercise of power, to the creation of culture - is inescapable. We live in an intensely mediated world.
Yet the academic study of the media has rarely made its own insights accessible and relevant to those outside its own limited sphere. Indeed it is constantly under attack for its lack of rigour, apparent failure to address the needs of industry and its inability to tell us anything substantive about the world in which we live.
Written as a manifesto and in order to set a new intellectual agenda, “Why Study the Media?” argues for the importance of the media in our culture and society and the consequent necessity of taking the media seriously as an object of enlightened but rigorous investigation.

At once human and humane, “Why Study the Media?” will be welcomed by all those in search of new ways of thinking about our mediated world.


ISBN 978-9985-58-867-3
188 pages
Published 2019

Kasutu kasulikkusest. Manifest
The Usefulness of the Useless (In Estonian)
Nuccio OrdineTranslated from Italian by Heete Sahkai

15,20 €


In this thought-provoking and extremely timely work, Nuccio Ordine convincingly argues for the utility of useless knowledge and against the contemporary fixation on utilitarianism—for the fundamental importance of the liberal arts and against the damage caused by their neglect. Inspired by the reflections of great philosophers and writers (e.g., Plato, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Borges, and Calvino), Ordine reveals how the obsession for material goods and the cult of utility ultimately wither the spirit, jeopardizing not only schools and universities, art, and creativity, but also our most fundamental values—human dignity, love, and truth.

Also included is Abraham Flexner’s 1939 essay “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge,” which originally prompted Ordine to write this book. Flexner—a founder and the first director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton—offers an impassioned defense of curiosity-driven research and learning.
Nuccio Ordine is a professor of Italian Literature at the University of Calabria and one of the world’s leading experts on the Italian Renaissance and the philosopher Giordano Bruno. He has taught at Yale, New York University, the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, and the Warburg Institute London, among others. Professor Ordine has been named a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, a Knight Commander of the Republic of Italy, and given an honorary membership in the Russian Academy of Sciences. His books have been translated into twenty languages.


ISBN 978-9985-58-865-9
368 pages
Published 2019

Rahvused ja rahvuslus
Nations and Nationalism (in Estonian)
Ernest Gellner
Foreword John Breuilly, afterword Georges Schöpflin
Translated by Anneli Andresson

19,40 €


First published in 1983, Nations and Nationalism remains one of the most influential explanations of the emergence of nationalism ever written. This updated edition of Ernest Gellner's now-canonical work includes a new introductory essay from John Breuilly, tracing the way the field has evolved over the past two decades, and a bibliography of important work on nationalism since 1983.

Jumalahullus. Kolme monoteismi lahingust kaanepilt

224 pages
Published 2019

Jumalahullus. Kolme monoteismi lahingust
God’s Zeal (in Estonian)
Peter Sloterdijk
Translation and afterword Hasso Krull

15,90 €


Peter Sloterdijk’s “God’s Zeal” discusses the question how the intransigent fight between monotheistic religions was born and what is the reason behind it. This fight continues today in the form of real wars. Three basic forms of monotheism are examined in the book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and their gradual appearance as historical conflict is outlined. Sloterdijk specifies the possible frontlines between monotheisms and within them, and finally develops a reasoning how monotheisms could slowly give up their aspirations toward the sole truth. 
Peter Sloterdijk (b. 1947) is a German philosopher and cultural theorist. More than 50 books have been published by him, the most well-known are “Critique of Cynical Reason” (1983) and the trilogy “Spheres” (1998–2004). Sloterdijk is also famous for frequent public debates and polemic cultural criticism. Unlike the mainstream academic philosophy, Sloterdijk is not afraid of humour or spirituality, tenderness or rage, bright figures or memorable phrases. He prefers excitement over boredom and exaggeration over stinginess. “God’s Zeal” („Gottes Eifer“, 2007) is one of the latest creative works by Sloterdijk. It is the fruit of mature contemplation and draws together ideas that have a unique scale and indisputable topicality.


243 pages
Published 2019

Stalinismi totaalne kunstiteos
The Total Art of Stalinism (in Estonian)
Boris Groys
Translated from Russian by Kajar Pruul, forewords by Liisa Kaljula and Virve Sarapik

16,90 €


Boris Groys (b. 1947) is an art historian, media theorist and philosopher originating in Russia as well as an expert in Soviet art and literature, who has engaged in both Russian avant-garde and culture of the Stalin era. Groys emigrated in 1981 to Germany from the Soviet Union and this book was published in 1988 in exile under the title “Gesamtkunswerk Stalin” first in German. It is the best known and, at the same time, the most controversial work of Groys. After the first publication, the book was labelled too contradictory to be taken seriously in both East and West. However, as it tends to be the case with ground-breaking texts, the true value of the book began to appear later, when the Soviet project had become history. The work carries the central thought that Stalinism was the development of the modernist idea of avant-garde and the Soviet state was a comprehensive art project. Context-building forewords from art researchers Virve Sarapik and Liisa Kaljula add value to the Estonian translation of the book.

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ISSN 2504-6616
280 pages
Published 2018

Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis III (2018) On Language and Culture 
Editor-in-Chief: Reili Argus
Editors: Reili Argus, Suliko Liiv

The third issue of Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis focuses on the relationships between language and culture. Many specific features of acquiring, learning and using a language stem from the fact that language has features attributable to a particular group of speakers and thus a culturally organised and self-organising system. This issue comprises articles which take a look at the associations between language and culture as the collective behaviour of a group of speakers, doing so on a rather large timescale from the viewpoint of both acquiring a language and the historical evolution of a language. The compilation includes nine articles in three languages, from an international circle of authors. The topics addressed range from acquiring a first language in various cultures, family language policy in multilingual families in Tallinn, acquiring Estonian as a second language, the development of intercultural communication competences at school, linguistic politeness in Lithuanian, Estonian and Hungarian original names, and the multilingual language scene of Tallinn to the contact phenomenon of the Estonian aspect system and Estonian language phenomena which can be classified as expressions of the other sex through word formation.


176 pages
Published 2018

Mis on populism?
What is Populism? (in Estonian)
Jan-Werner Müller
Translated from English by Triinu Pakk, foreword by Leif Kalev

11,90 €


Jan-Werner Müller’s “What Is Populism?” was first published in 2016, but its relevance has only grown in the course of the political events of the few recent years. The book offers a short but essential insight into populism as a phenomenon that threatens democracy and currently shapes the political landscape in various places in the world. Without taking sides, the author outlines the specific features of populist politics, both right-wing and left-wing. The threat to democracy primarily stems from antipluralism, refusal to accept other powers and an aspiration to exclusivity. At the same time, populism can also be viewed in a positive key, as a liberating phenomenon that strengthens democracy -  a moderate amount of populism may bring freshness and prevent those in positions of authority from getting too comfortable.

Jan-Werner Müller (born 1970) is a German political scientist and a professor at the Princeton University. His areas of research include the history of contemporary political thought, the theory of democracy, constitutionalism, the relationships between religion and politics, and the topics of European integration. 

Hepp esikaas

302 pages
Published 2018

Meediakultuur. Meediastunud maailmade kultuur
Media Culture. Cultures of Mediatization (in Estonian)
Andreas Hepp
Translated from German by Katrin Kaugver, afterword by Ragne Kõuts-Klemm

16,90 €


How does a society change in a situation where a large part of communication today is mediated by a technological medium? Andreas Hepp’s book “Media Culture. Cultures of Mediatization” offers a convincing thinking framework for understanding and analysing how media shapes our everyday life and social institutions. The books talks of what the ever increasing volume of media in our daily life has done to our life and society. Hepp calls such media-saturated cultural environments a society of mediatisation. “Media Culture” presents a framework for a social scientific analysis of mediatization as a cultural phenomenon, provides a concentrated body of information on what has been done and offers a basis for studying the changes further. ‘Mediatization’ is a central term which characterises the current international discussion about media. In this discussion, Hepp has primarily stood out thanks to his long-term focus on the tradition of cultural research, combining cultural theory and sociological and institutional approaches in his theory of mediatization. 

Andreas Hepp (born 1970) is a German media researcher and a professor at the University of Bremen. His areas of research include, among other things, media and communication theories, media sociology and psychology, and mediatization studies.


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157 pages
Published 2018

Linna asutamisest alates. Kahekümne esimene raamat
History of Rome. Book twenty-one (in Estonian)
Titus Livius (Livy)
Translated from Latin by Maria-Kristiina Lotman and Kai Tafenau

11,90 €


The third decade of the “History of Rome” (“Ab urbe condita”) by Titus Livius or Livy – the story of the Second Punic War or Hannibal’s War – is one of the most enthralling monuments of antique historical literature. Book 21 starts the decade dedicated to Hannibal’s War, describing events which are to this day considered as one of the most existential threats to the Roman State and which put the future of the entire Western cultural space at risk. Those events were Hannibal’s activities in Hispania in 218 BC and the crossing of the Alps and invasion of Italy, which initiated the Second Punic War. This book is one of the most widely known subsections of Livy’s monumental work, which became extraordinarily popular – it earned general acclaim during the author’s lifetime and has not been forgotten after the Antiquity.

Livy has been one of the most highly valued and influential Roman history writers who attempted to record the entire history of Rome from its very beginning, but who was also interested in the ethical side of history – particularly in how high moral standards, discipline and moderation have turned a small tribe into a great nation. Livy held that there were no other nations worth studying more than Romans, because nowhere else did people manage to resist wealth and luxury with simplicity and justice for that long.

The book comes with a thorough afterword and comments by Märt Tänava, an expert on Ancient Roman history. Tallinn University Press has previously published book one of the “History of Rome”.


180 pages
Published 2018

Noor-Eesti ja prantsuse vaim
Young Estonia and the French Spirit (in Estonian)
Kaia Sisask

16,90 €


Kaia Sisask’s monograph “Young Estonia and the French Spirit” approaches the literary group Young Estonia (Noor-Eesti) from a cultural paradigm the core of which was at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century made up of French culture. The authority of the French Beautiful Era or La Belle Époque in the art world was so strong that adopting its cultural patterns was almost mandatory for every self-respecting writer or artist in all of Europe and beyond. Young Estonia was no exception, particularly considering that one of the leading figures of the group, Johannes Aavik, was a French philologist by education, and instead of the today’s Anglophonic world, France was at the far cultural boundary for Estonia.

The French spirit at the end of the century can also be described generally as ‘decadence culture’. That mentality cultivated an air of extreme sophistication and decline and permeated all the literary movements around the turn of the century, being particularly prominently represented in the then new movement – symbolism. This monograph takes a closer look at what the Young Estonia members did with that pan-European art discourse, particularly in a situation where they aimed to promote national culture, while also legitimising the young Estonian culture in a transnational literary world. Although the Young Estonia members aimed at nothing less than replacing the entire former way of talking about art, the new approach was still not entirely modernist, but remained a mix of the cosmopolitan and the national. The aspirations of the Young Estonia members contain two seemingly irreconcilable components: the idea of art for art’s sake on the one side and the need to construct and establish the Estonian national identity on the other.


ISBN 978-9985-58-851-2
227 pages
Published 2018

Kuidas teha sõnadega asju
How to Do Things With Words (in Estonian)
J. L. Austin
Translated from English by Triin Kallas

14,90 €


J.  L. Austin’s most well-known work “How to Do Things with Words” (1962) has become a classic of language philosophy and laid the foundations for the theory of speech acts which is based on the idea that any kind of use of language contains a performative aspect – to say is to do. John Langshaw Austin (1911–1960) was one of the leading philosophers and language theorists of the 20th century. As a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, he belonged to the so-called circle of ordinary language philosophers, which attempted to address major philosophical problems through studying the everyday use of language. The book was published two years after the author’s death and is based on the William James lectures delivered at the Harvard University in 1955.

This is not a monograph, but a lecture course which does not aspire to create an exhaustive system, but does something even more important: it opens a door to a new area of language philosophy. The book is divided into two unequal parts. The first part is focused on the utterances Austin calls performative, analysing both their conditions of issuance and linguistic specifics in great detail. In the second half of the book, Austin sketches a more general theory of speech acts.

With his influential book, Austin pointed to a multitude of problems which shook not only philosophy and linguistics, but all areas related to communication, e.g. anthropology, sociology, literary studies, law and artificial intelligence as well as theatre and the dramatic arts.

The book comes with an afterword by Mihhail Lotman.


ISBN 978-9985-58-856-7
259 pages
Published 2018

Mis on globaalne ajalugu?
What is Global History? (in Estonian)
Sebastian Conrad
Translated from English by Olavi Teppan

18,70 €


“What is Global History?” discusses global history as a trend of history-writing which is characteristic to the 21st century and in alignment with the increasingly globalising world. The word ‘global’ indicates a viewpoint that approaches the world as an integrated whole and views individual issues on a broader global background.

Global history has largely emerged to counterpoint national history. Historical processes do not necessarily stop at state borders and in order to understand modern times we need transnational approaches more than ever before. This way, local specifics only acquire a meaning in the framework of global processes. Global history strives to be more inclusive and to overcome Eurocentrism and the considerable ‘North’ and ‘West’ bias of earlier history-writing.

“Sebastian Conrad, a professor at the University of Berlin, is one of those working at the forefront of global history and his introduction to the field is definitely one of the best ones written so far,” said Marek Tamm, the Professor of Cultural History at Tallinn University School of Humanities. “Just as today’s world is globalising, today’s history-writing is globalising. The world is no longer an association of isolated units, but an intertwined whole – and has actually been for quite a long time, as studies after studies of global history show,” he added.

Sebastian Conrad (born 1966) is a German historian whose research covers (post)colonial history, historiography, the history of ideas, and the history of Japan. As the leading expert in the field, Conrad summarises the main viewpoints of global history in his book.

The Estonian edition also includes Marek Tamm’s interview with Sebastian Conrad. 

Rannad ja rannikud esikaas

ISBN 978-9985-58-852-9
Hard cover
351 pages
Published 2018

Rannad ja rannikud. Õpik kõrgkoolidele
Beaches and Coasts. Textbook for higher education institutions (in Estonian)
Kaarel Orviku

23,80 €


The textbook “Beaches and Coasts” is intended for use at higher education institutions, but also as an efficient handbook for those who come into contact with beaches and coastal seas to a lesser or greater degree. The author of the richly illustrated book provides an overview of coast-related terminology and classification, and explains the main factors that influence the development of beaches (waves, winds, sea ice, etc.). In addition to theoretical background, the book provides numerous examples to describe the main coastal processes (migration of sediments, abrasion, and accumulation) and explains how these processes may change in time and space and why we need to know them.

According to Mihkel Kangur, Senior Research Fellow at the Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Health, variety is the characterising feature of Estonian beaches. “We are like a live laboratory where one can observe the processes of beaches evolution on beaches of very different types, and Kaarel Orviku has for long decades been the head of that laboratory,” noted Kangur. He finds that “Beaches and Coasts” can be recommended to anyone who is interested in beaches and should be mandatory for everyone whose work duties include the management of human activity on beaches. “Ignoring natural processes generally results in pointless confusion and expenditure. Perhaps putting Kaarel Orviku’s knowledge to good use will help us to avoid quite a few mistakes in the future,” he added.

“Beaches and Coasts” was published in the Tallinn University Press series ACTA Realia et Naturalia. The publication of the book received support from Foundation Archimedes and the Ministry of Education and Research.


ISBN 978-9985-58-849-9
96 pages
Published 2018

Filosoofia sünd
The Birth of Philosophy
Translated from Italian by Jaan Pärnamäe and Kati Karja

12.90 €


“The Birth of Philosophy” is a book about the wild springs of the Western thought. Giorgio Colli (1917‒1979) was an Italian philosopher, philologist and a long-time professor at the University of Pisa. He developed an original approach to the Western tradition of philosophy, a kind of an “antiphilosophy”. He was greatly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche who had a similar keen interest in Greek philosophy and thus in the beginning and bases of the Western thought. Both have searched for the viable source of thinking from the works of pre-Socratic thinkers and, more generally, from the more archaic Greek religious, mythical and tragic perception of the world. This source was tamed and parried by the later post-Socratic philosophy. Colli calls this ancient rudiment “wisdom” and opposes it to philosophy as mere “love of wisdom”.

“The Birth of Philosophy” was first published in 1975. It is a resume of a three-volume work “Greek Wisdom” („La sapienza greca“, 1977–1980). Daniele Monticelli, the author of the epilogue, gives the following characterization: “This book is an unusual story of how lifeless and somewhat dry conceptual bases developed from the dim, tempting and awful, but vigorous sources of ancient Greek culture.” According to Liisi Keedus, senior research fellow at the School of Humanities of TU, the book defends a thesis that wisdom does not constitute a certain knowing as it has been erroneously viewed in Western philosophy, but something in between a comprehension of an obscure mystery and dangerous puzzle. She adds: “Colli’s reflections constitute philosophy in its most tumultuous fashion, on a Nietzscheist note – integrating spirituality and vitality, sublimity and rapture, joy of discovery and recognition.”


ISBN 978-9985-58-850-5
179 pages
Published 2018

Pime öökull
The Blind Owl
Translated from Persian by Üllar Peterson

15.80 €


Sadeq Hedayat (1903‒1951, Ṣādeq Hedāyat in Persian) is one the most famous and original Iranian writers of the 20th century; among the first to use popular expressions instead of the classical high style and sometimes even to write in the vernacular, thus breaking the conventionality of the classical literary language. Hedayat was the pathfinder for modern Persian literary language and the founder of the genre of short story in Persian.
Sadeq Hedayat became most famous for his psychological symbolic short stories and writings criticizing the society. The most vivid example is his best known work “The Blind Owl” („Buf-i kur”) published in 1935 in India. It includes recognizable influences from works such as „Shah-name” by Ferdows, “Hamlet” by Shakespeare, “Le Cid” by Racine and “Faust” by Goethe to authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gerard de Nerval, Rainer Maria Rilke and many others. At the same time, “The Blind Owl” does not imitate any of the above, any works, it is neither the creation of the East nor the West, but a unique short story where Indo-Persian and European material and methods have been used. It is difficult to find an equivalent in the treasury of world literature.

“The Blind Owl” lacks a linear plot: a person disturbed by something tells their most strange tale about weakening, hopelessness, unworldly bleakness, making the reader to wander around strange reality and apparent fiction called into existence by opium. Classical new Persian language intertwines with the spoken language of the commons and colourful personalities emerge, inner monologues alternate with emotional descriptions of circumstances. Literary critics have not yet even by today reached consensus on the meaning of this work 

After its publication, “The Blind Owl” was largely overlooked in Iran, but this work has achieved worldwide fame thanks to translations into the major European languages and taken a prominent position in the treasury of world literature by today.

Gibrani teose "Murtud tiivad" esikaas

ISBN 978-9985-58-846-8
143 pages

Murtud tiivad
Broken Wings
Translated from Arabic by Üllar Peterson

11.70 €


Khalil Gibran (1883-1931, Ǧibrān Ḫalīl Ǧibrān in Arabic) is one the best known Arabic writers whose eight works in Arabic and around twenty works in English are part of the treasures of world literature. „Broken Wings” is his longest novel in Arabic.
It is a linguistically innovative text full of delightful but complex figures, characterised by some literary critics as the most beautiful work written in modern Arabic.  
„Broken Wings” is a kind of a Romeo and Juliet story. The events are accompanied by deep meditations on the nature of love and its power that always remains beyond earthly human existence. Khalil Gibran mediates masterfully the breath-taking emotions between two lovers, beautiful nature images and discussions on love and fate.
The social message that the novel conveys is sharp criticism of the oppression of Eastern women, obsolescent social practices, patriarchal way of life and corruption of clergy. This work created resentment among the clergy and conservatives of Lebanon and the Arab world, but caused positive reactions by the Arab literary critics at that time.


ISBN 978-9985-58-847-5
195 pages
Published 2018

Arvutid, küberruum ja tehismõistus: noppeid arvutite imepärasest eduloost 
Computers, Cyberspace and Artificial Intelligence: Extracts from the Wondrous Success Story of Computers
Enn Tõugu

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This book introduces the turbulent development of computers and information technology beginning from the first computers, without implying prior knowledge in mathematics or technology. True, at the beginning of the book it is explained how the programme given in the form of data magically changes into the computer readable algorithm completed by it but this is the basic computer principle on which the understanding of the events taking place in the cyber room emerging in the internet as well as the prediction if and how computers can become smarter than humans are based. We are witnesses of revolution in information technology that is taking place right now. We do not know where the changes in technology and society will lead us. In any case, great restructurings caused by information technology have not yet ended. To take them into account, everyone benefits from understanding, at least to some extent, the background of the changes, even at the most general level. This book aims to help the reader to achieve this understanding.
Enn Tõugu was born in Tallinn in 1935. He is an older generation computer scientist, academic, professor emeritus, who has been involved in the activities of the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology for more than forty years. He has worked as a professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden for eight years and repeatedly been a visiting research fellow at Stanford University, USA. His works on computer software, artificial intelligence and cyber defence have been published in Estonian, Russian, English and Polish languages.


ISBN 978-9985-58-844-4 
304 pages
Published 2018

Niinimetatud kurjus. Agressiooni looduslugu
On Aggression (in Estonian)
Konrad Lorenz
Translated from German by Mari Tarvas
Preface by Tiiu Keskpaik, afterword by Kalevi Kull

15.80 €


If you are an attentive observer and have watched the activities of other species in their own environment, you must be aware that conflicts are quite rare among organisms. This is not the case when one eats the other as their natural food – this is not the real topic of this book. In this book, rather the issue of fighting with mates or even perhaps simply chasing the other away, repelling has been examined. Lorenz studies how repelling behaviour has developed, how it manifests itself, when it goes too far, how it is suppressed, and how and to what extent it is linked to human aggressive behaviour.

Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was born on November 7, 1903 near Vienna in Altenberg. He studied medicine in the University of Vienna, graduated in 1928, then proceeded with zoology studies and defended a doctoral thesis in 1933. Lorenz was one of the founders of ethology, branch of science studying animal behaviour. On October 20, 1943 he gave a lecture on the comparison of human and animal psychology also in the University of Tartu.

In 1973 Lorenz received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with Karl von Frisch and Niko Tinbergen. “On Aggression” (first print 1963) is one his best known and most translated works.



ISBN 978-9985-58-845-1 
311 pages
Published 2018

Tähenduste keeris. Tervikliku kultuuriteooria visand
Meaning in Action: Outline of an Integral Theory of Culture (in Estonian)
Rein Raud
Translated from English by Anne Lange

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In this important new book Rein Raud develops an original theory of culture understood as a loose and internally contradictory system of texts and practices that are shared by intermittent groups of people and used by them to make sense of their life-worlds. This theory views culture simultaneously in two ways: as a world of texts, tangible and shareable products of signifying acts, and as a space of practices, repeatable activities that produce, disseminate and interpret these clusters of meaning. Both approaches are developed into corresponding models of culture which, used together, are able to provide a rich understanding of any meaning in action. 

In developing this innovative theory, Raud draws on a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology, sociology and cultural studies to semiotics and philosophy. The theory is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from both high and popular culture, and from Western and Asian traditions, dealing with both contemporary and historical topics. The book concludes with two case studies from very different contexts -- one dealing with Italian poetry in the 13th century, the other dealing with the art scene in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. 

This timely and original work makes a major new contribution to the theory of culture and will be welcomed by students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.

Rein Raud (b. 1961) is a Professor of Asian and Cultural Studies at Tallinn University. Raud has also been recognised as a writer, translator and essayist. In addition to this study, his latest works also include monographs “Mis on kultuur?” (“What is culture?”) (2013), “Iseduse praktikad” (“Practices of Selfhood”) (2015, in Estonian 2016), written together with Zygmunt Bauman, and the novel “Kell ja haamer” (“The Clock and the Hammer”) (2017).




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ISSN 2504-6616
Published 2017

Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis II (2017) Intermediality of Literature
Editor-in-Chief: Reili Argus
Editors: Luule Epner, Piret Viires

9.90 €


The topic of the new issue of Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis is „Intermediality of Literature”. Relations between literature and other media are observed; the focus is primarily on the movement of literary texts over the borders of the media. Research of intermediality requires interdisciplinary approach, and the authors of this issue also include researchers of literature, theatre and dance, and the topics range from the use of folk tradition to the latest forms of digital literature.

Tanel Lepsoo examines the manifestation of evil in A. H. Tammsaare’s novel „Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan” („The New Devil of Hellsbottom”) and its screen version, and in Andrus Kivirähk’s novel „Rehepapp ehk november” and Rainer Sarnet’s film based on the novel. Piret Kruuspere writes about the relations of Estonian drama and theatre with national memory culture, including dramaturgic interpretations of historical prose and processing of the past using the forms of drama and staging. Madli Pesti analyses the development of the concept of physical theatre by the example of the production „Eine murul” by VAT Theatre in her article. Heili Einasto undertakes to address ballets on the theme of Kalevipoeg from the year 1934 until today and focuses in her comparative approach on how national and gender stereotypes have manifested themselves on dance stage. Anneli Mihkelev examines the mythological character of kratt (treasure-bearer) from Estonian folklore who has spread from the folk tradition to fiction, theatre and film. Anneli Kõvamees writes about the series of travelogues published by Petrone Print publishing company, considers the phenomenon of the series and attempts at bringing clarity in terms of its genre. Piret Viires focuses on relations between literature and computer technology, analyses digital literature, its connections with digital humanities, various definitions and periodisation, and discusses the social media literature.

This issue contains articles in Estonian with abstracts in English.



231 pages
ISBN 978-9985-58-840-6
Published 2017

Pärast lõplikkust. Essee sattumuslikkuse paratamatusest
After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (in Estonian)
Quentin Meillassoux
Translated from French by Anti Saar

12.70 €


The main endeavour of the French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux in his work “After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency” is to bridge the cognitive split between the human and the world as postulated by Immanuel Kant, and to move to the other side of the humane “finitude”. In Meillassoux’ view, all post-Kantian philosophy is based on the idea of “correlationism”, the understanding that the reality (the world) is always only the reality as it appears to us, that the object of philosophy is the correlation between thinking and being, between us and the world, and that we do not have independent access to those two. Meillassoux aims at disclaiming correlationism; he relies on the work of astrophysicists, geologists and palaeontologists who study the history of the Earth (universe) before the emergence of the human being, i.e. who deal with the world before the correlation between the human being and world could come about.

This world preceding the emergence of the human species is called ancestral (ancestral in French) by Meillassoux. In addition to revising the relation between the human being and the world, he offers a new approach to the functioning of the world. The world is radically accidental for Meillassoux, it lacks causal inevitability, rather, the world is dominated by chaos – the only certain fulcrum is the fact that everything is incidental.

Quentin Meillassoux (b. 1967) is one of the most highly regarded French philosophers of the new generation, one of the creators and leaders of the so-called speculative realism. He has published three books and many articles; one of his main works, a voluminous dissertation “The Divine Inexistence: An Essay on the Virtual God” (L’Inexistence divine. Essai sur le dieu virtuel), written in 1997, is still unpublished and should be published sometime in the future in a thoroughly revised form. Meillassoux is a philosophy lecturer in the Université de Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne). “After Finitude”, published in 2006, is so far his best known and most translated work.



ISBN 978-9985-58-841-3 
227 pages
Published 2017

Nutulaulude raamat
Book of Lamentations (in Estonian)
Gregory of Narek
Commented and translated from Classical Armenian by Peeter Volkonski
Afterword by Alar Laats

12.70 €


“The Book of Lamentations” of Gregory of Narek who has also been entitled as the Pindar of Armenia is a very important work that has influenced the whole Christian world thanks to translations. Armenians consider it to be the second important book after the Bible and they believe it has a healing effect which is why it is kept under the pillow by the ill during their sleep and certain chapters are read out loud by the sickbed.

The literary heritage of St. Gregory, a monk at the Narek Monastery, comprises theological treatises (incl. an interpretation of the Song of Songs still considered to be one of the best) and “Matean voghberguthean” – “The Book of Lamentations”, entitled as a poem. This work has been entitled in many ways: “Book”, “Book of Prayers”, “Narek”, etc. “Matean voghberguthean” is a polysemantic expression that can be translated as “The Book of Lamentations” or as “The Tragic Book” or even as a tragedy. Narekatsi finished “The Book of Lamentations” which he, as a mystic, calls “Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart”, probably in the year 1002, i.e. immediately before his death.

This book was first printed and published in 1673 in Marseille. There is no doubt that the monk of the Narek Monastery who lived a thousand years ago has something very important to say to the modern world as well.



ISBN 978-9985-58-842-0
416 pages
Published 2017

Sotsiaal- ja kultuuriantropoloogia
Social and cultural anthropology (in Estonian)
Compiled and edited by Aet Annist and Maarja Kaaristo
Authors: Katrin Alekand, Aet Annist, Carlo A. Cubero, Marje Ermel, Toomas Gross, Kirsti Jõesalu, Ehti Järv, Maarja Kaaristo, Eeva Kesküla, Helleka Koppel, Katre Koppel, Ene Kõresaar, Elo Luik, Triinu Mets, Joonas Plaan, Riina Raudne, Marko Uibu, Laur Vallikivi and Mart Viirand.

12.80 €


Textbook of social and cultural anthropology, the first of its kind from Estonian authors, provides an introductory overview of the speciality, bringing together important topic and authors from classics to leading scientists today and giving examples also from Estonia. Textbook provides an insight into the most important theories and methods of the speciality, and treats central research topics in anthropology: kinship, religion, politics and economy. In addition, this book enhances knowledge of the research on colonialism, globalization, gender, environment, body and inequality, and the possible applications of anthropology.

This textbook, primarily targeted at the students of social sciences (social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, folkloristics, cultural studies, sociology, etc.), is suitable for getting to know anthropology also for everyone else looking for answers which require the observation and analysis of human activity.

Textbook has been compiled and edited by Aet Annist and Maarja Kaaristo from the Department of Ethnology of the University of Tartu.



ISBN 978-9985-58-839-0
204 pages
Published 2017

Muistse mesopotaamia nõidustekstid
Witchcraft Texts of Ancient Mesopotamia (in Estonian)
Amar Annus

10.20 €


Belief in witchcraft has accompanied the humankind throughout written history. Thousands of clay tablets speaking of magical practices originate from ancient Mesopotamia. Most are witchcraft texts describing the essence of witches and demons, and the ways of getting rid of or preventing the damage they cause. For neutralizing the possible witchcraft, Babylonian priests sang incantations many of which were performed in series and accompanied by lengthy festive rituals.

“Witchcraft Texts of Ancient Mesopotamia” contains the longest preserved Babylonian anti-witchcraft incantation series “Burning” and a little shorter series “Curse, curse…”. These are poetic texts aimed at facing the invisible evil with the power of the word, and rendering it harmless.

The foreword of the book provides a thorough overview of the place of magical beliefs in the realm of spirits in ancient Mesopotamia and mythical geography. Also, an introduction is given to the neurological mechanisms that provide the basis for the belief in witchcraft and are universal for the human nature, explaining the occurrence of magical beliefs throughout the recorded history. This book offers exciting reading to everyone who is interested in history, religion and esotericism, and suits well as an introduction to learning about the magical beliefs of the ancient world.

Amar Annus (b. 1974) is an associate professor of Middle Eastern religious history at the University of Tartu. He acquired a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki in 2003. Annus has previously worked at the University of Helsinki, the University of Chicago and the Free University of Berlin. He has published translations of Middle Eastern classical texts into Estonian in books “Anthology of the law collections of the antiquity” (“Muinasaja seadusekogumike antoloogia”) (2001), “Anthology of ancient literature” (“Muinasaja kirjanduse antoloogia”) (2005) and “The Epic of Gilgamesh” (“Gilgameši eepos”) (2010).


ISBN 978-9985-58-836-9
Hard cover
726 pages

Infoteadused teoorias ja praktikas
Information Sciences in Theory and Practice (in Estonian)
Sirje Virkus, Aira Lepik, Elviine Uverskaja, Tiiu Reimo, Silvi Metsar, Raivo Ruusalepp, Aile Möldre and Merle Laurits
Edited by Sirje Virkus, Tiiu Reimo and Aira Lepik

19.80 €


The aim of the first textbook of information science in Estonian is to present the most important issues in information science, and to create a context for understanding them. The book consists of three parts: in the first part, general definitions are introduced; the second part concentrates on theoretical approaches, and the third part considers practical applications. The first part of the book explains concepts such as data, information, knowledge, tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge, information behaviour, information literacy, information management, knowledge management, knowledge circulation and the information society, knowledge-based society, information politics and information strategy. The five chapters of the second part clarify the essence and development of information science, theories, models and approaches of information behaviour, information seeking and retrieval, and information literacy, approaches of knowledge management, models of assessing the productivity of information activities, and introduce some research trends that are topical today. The third part clarifies how information resources and information services are organized, how information activities are analyzed and assessed, and how information and knowledge management is implemented.The final chapter of the textbook is dedicated to teaching information science and introduces the activities of professional international associations.

The textbook will create a general understanding of information science and provides a pathway for readers to further extend their knowledge by providing extensive references.The concepts discussed in the book also contribute to the convergence of speciality-specific terminology in Estonian. The book is intended primarily for students of information science, and information and knowledge management, but can also be useful for information specialists, librarians, information technology specialists and everyone interested in the theory and practice of information science.



ISBN 978-9985-58-838-3
363 pages


Ihu ja hingega internetis: kuidas mõista sotsiaalmeediat?
Body and Soul on the Internet: How to Understand Social Media? (in Estonian)
Katrin Tiidenberg

17.90 €


Body and Soul on the Internet (“Ihu ja hingega internetis”) is a book for  everyone interested in being human in the networked, digitally saturated world. This book offers a clear and approachable take on key concepts of digital life, discussing platform affordances, networked visual culture, mediated self-expression and identity work, communities, relationships and embodiment at the intersection of people’s everyday practices and changing cultural norms. Questions of why and how people use social media can’t be universally and timelessly answered in the context of rapidly changing networked technologies, however in “Body and Soul" the author offers a useful overview of existing research, recommends fruitful analytical frameworks for understanding the complex topic and illustrates everything with analyses of her own empirical data. “Body and Soul on the Internet” is a human-centeric social sciences approach to understanding the experiences and outcomes of living in a networked world.

Dr. Katrin Tiidenberg is associate professor of social media and visual culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia and post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research interests include sexuality, gender and normative ideologies as mediated through social media practices and visual culture. Tiidenberg contributes to the development of visual research methods and research ethics, and is an internationally acknowledged researcher of the selfie-culture. She is the founding member of Estonian Young Academy of Sciences, board member of the Estonian Association of Sociologists, and a member of the Ethics Working Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers.


ISBN 978-9985-58-835-2 
230 pages


Valik kirju
Selected Letters (in Estonian)
Hildegard of Bingen
Compiled and translated from Latin by Riina Ruut

9,50 €


This book offers a kaleidoscopic look into the world of Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval nun and mystic, mediating a selection of her extensive correspondence. The letters enable to follow Hildegard’s life events and communication style for approximately thirty years, and provide an overview of the subjects that were dear to her and her characteristic thought patterns. One can find allegorical visions, theological discussions, seeing through people’s conditions, hints to political problems and problems within the church, debates with the Cathars, personal relationships of attachment, prophesies, etc.

The letters reflect her journey from an unknown nun to an acknowledged seer who was contacted for solving personal issues as well as complex theological questions. Besides admiration, however, the letters also reveal controversies and setbacks, leaving it for the reader to decide whether Hildegard was more of a conservative or a reformer, deliberative pragmatist or a gentle saint.

The correspondence offers the most direct insight into the mind of this charismatic woman – in so far as possible from such a long distance in temporal and cultural terms. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), one of the most outstanding women in medieval Occident, is primarily known for her grandiose visions. These were not accompanied by the sentimentality characteristic of later female mystics, but amaze us with their scope and depth. Hildegard’s creative legacy also includes books on nature and therapy, liturgical songs, musical drama, representations of an unknown language and letters that are still enigmatic, and smaller theological treatises.




ISBN 978-9985-58-834-5
240 pages

Moosese eristus ehk monoteismi hind
The Price of Monotheism (in Estonian)
Jan Assmann
Translated from German by Olavi Teppan

10 €


Nothing else has so radically transformed the world as the distinction between true and false religion. In this nuanced consideration of his own controversial Moses the Egyptian, renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann answers his critics, extending and building upon ideas from his previous book. Maintaining that it was indeed the Moses of the Hebrew Bible who introduced the true-false distinction in a permanent and revolutionary form, Assmann reiterates that the price of this monotheistic revolution has been the exclusion, as paganism and heresy, of everything deemed incompatible with the truth it proclaims. This exclusion has exploded time and again into violence and persecution, with no end in sight. Here, for the first time, Assmann traces the repeated attempts that have been made to do away with this distinction since the early modern period. He explores at length the notions of primary versus secondary religions, of "counter-religions," and of book religions versus cult religions. He also deals with the entry of ethics into religion's very core. Informed by the debate his own work has generated, he presents a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs.


ISBN 978-9985-58-832-1
328 pages


Sotsiaalteaduste uurimismeetodid: Sissejuhatus ja väljajuhatus
Methods for Researching Society: Intro and Outro (in Estonian)

Mikko Lagerspetz

11,20 €


This textbook provides an overview of the methods of data collection and analysis in social sciences. The most commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed with respect to their practical merits and constraints, but also as inseparable from the overall research design. There is a thorough discussion on methodology, including research ethics, and a separate chapter on scientific writing. The author’s main message is that the empirical methods should be chosen in accordance with the research problem, which is the result of a process of translating a theoretical problem into the language of empirical research. This, in turn, generates the research strategy. The amount of possible methods is in fact indefinite, as pointed out by the book’s last chapter, the ”Outro”.

This is the first general textbook in Estonian language on the methods of social sciences. It includes exercises and examples of the works of sociologists from Estonia and elsewhere. This approach with a strong basis in methodology and philosophy of science should be of interest also for the more experienced social scientists. 

The author, Mikko Lagerspetz, is currently Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. He has previously worked at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and at Tallinn University. He has also been the president of the Estonian Association of Sociologists. Much of his research focuses the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.


ISBN 978-9985-58-
620 pages

Anti-Oidipus. Kapitalism ja skisofreenia
Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (in Estonian)
Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
Translated from French by Mart Kangur
Edited by Margus Ott

16,80 €


Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia is a 1972 book by French authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, respectively a philosopher and a psychoanalyst. It is the first volume of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, the second being A Thousand Plateaus (1980).

Deleuze and Guattari analyse the relationship of desire to reality and to capitalist society in particular; they address human psychology, economics, society, and history. They outline a
“materialist psychiatry” modeled on the unconscious in its relationship with society and its productive processes, introduce the concept of “desiring-production” (which inter-relates “desiring machines” and a “body without organs”), offer a critique of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis that focuses on its theory of the Oedipus complex, and re-write Karl Marx's materialist account of the history of society's modes of production as a development through “primitive”,  “despotic”,  and “capitalist” societies, and detail their different organisations of production, “inscription” (which corresponds to Marx's “distribution” and “exchange”), and consumption. Additionally, they develop a critical practice that they call “schizoanalysis”.

ISBN 978-9985-58-830-7
333 pages


Töö näitlejaga: Unustamatute osatäitmiste loomine filmis ja teles
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television (in Estonian)
Judith Weston
Translated from English by Anu Lamp

10,90 €


Directing Actors (“Töö näitlejaga”), a book written by an internationally recognized acting teacher and a filmmaker Judith Weston (b. 1946) was first published in 1996. It turned instantly into a bestseller and still holds the status of a cult book in the field of drama. In this book Weston shares the principles of her methodology that was inspired by a wish to make the atmosphere at the film set more comfortable and pleasant for all parties, to grow the mutual empathy between actors and directors, and to encourage them to listen to their own unique voices and the voices of their characters.

Weston’s methodology has grown immensely popular and has influenced many contemporary actors and filmmakers. Among others, Oscar nominees Alejandro González Iñárritu and Steve McQueen have attended her classes. Also, some Estonian filmmakers (e.g Tanel Toom, Moonika Siimets and Martti Helde) have had a chance to meet Judith Weston in person and attend her classes, calling it a life-changing experience.

Weston has improved, developed and introduced her methodology in different places around the world. So far, she has published two books – Directing Actors, 1996, which has become a classic by now, and The Film Director’s Intuition ("Filmirežissööri vaist”, 2003).

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ISBN 978-9985-58-826-0
459 pages

Kuidas uurida kultuuri? Kultuuriteaduste metodoloogia
How to study culture? Methodology of cultural sciences (in Estonian)
Compiled by Marek Tamm
Authors: Tõnu Viik, Rein Raud, Toomas Gross, Mihhail Lotman, Aaro Toomela, Piret Peiker, Tõnis Kahu, Eneken Laanes, Airi-Alina Allaste, Marek Tamm, Kadi Annuk. Tauri Tuvikene, Francisco Martinez, Patrick Laviolette, Krista Kodres and Indrek Ibrus

15,20 €


Culture is a notional environment surrounding people from birth to death; we are a species that yearns for meanings, and transforms everything it touches or observes into culture. Culture as an object for research is a complex phenomenon because in terms of content it is intangible in its diversity. This explains why culture is studied in many different disciplines, which can only provisionally be brought together under the common denominator “cultural sciences”.
This anthology is an attempt to map the possibilities of studying culture and to offer methodological guidance for navigating in the thicket of contemporary cultural sciences. 14 chapters of this book have been written by the best experts in Estonia and they follow the same principles: to offer an overview of the development of one specific discipline or observational method in cultural science as well as of the methodological principles and key concepts, and to illustrate its possibilities with one short case study.

ISBN 978-9985-58-825-3
218 pages

Tennise anatoomia
Tennis Anatomy (in Estonian)
Paul Roetert, Mark S. Kovacs
Translated from English by Marina Maran 

26,95 €


See your tennis game as you never have before. See what it takes to improve consistency and performance on the court. Tennis Anatomy will show you how to ace the competition by increasing strength, speed, and agility for more powerful serves and more accurate shots.

Tennis Anatomy includes more than 72 of the most effective exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting muscles in action.

Tennis Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the baseline, at the net, and on the service line. Illustrations of the active muscles for forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves show you how each exercise is fundamentally linked to tennis performance.

You'll also learn how exercises can be modified to target specific areas, improve your skills, and minimize common tennis injuries. Best of all, you'll learn how to put it all together to develop a training program based on your individual needs and goals.

Whether you're a serve and volleyer, baseliner, or all-court player, Tennis Anatomy will ensure that you step onto the court ready to dominate any opponent.


ISBN 978-9985-58-824-6
153 pages

Amaruśataka ehk Amaru sadakond värssi
Amaruśataka or a Hundred Verses of Amaru (in Estonian)
Translated from Sanskrit and commented by Martti Kalda

11,75 €


The collection of poems Amaruśataka, originally written in Sanskrit, is the only example of the creation of the lyric poet Amary, which has preserved to date. The main theme of the collection is the love between a man and a woman, and related feelings – sexual pleasure, torture of being apart, anticipation, outbreaks of passion and quarrels, fear of cheating.
The reader in India today is startled by the sexual liberalism revealed in Amaru's poems; the Western reader, however, is surprised by the modern way of approach to ancient love themes.
The poet Amaru (c 650–750) lived in Ancient India in the era of classical literature and culture that followed the Gupta dynasty (4th – 6th c.). Amaru's poetry has been translated into European languages since the beginning of the 19th century, first attempts to translate Amaru's verses into Estonian were made by Ado Grenzstein (1849–1916) at the end of the 19th century via the German language. This book is the first full translation of Amaru's collection of poems into Estonian.


ISBN 978-9985-58-823-9
228 pages

Iseduse praktikad
Practices of Selfhood (in Estonian)
Zygmunt Bauman, Rein Raud
Translated from English by Olavi Teppan

14,20 €


How does a person's understanding of his/her place in the world develop? Do we live in times when the ways of creating one's self are thoroughly changing? Does new technology give us more freedom or does it rather invite us to give up our freedoms? How does selfhood develop? Does it follow the same universal development patterns in all people, cultures and age groups? Or is identity nevertheless a sociocultural construction which cannot be entirely understood without its historical context?

This is a selection of the most important questions touched by Rein Raud and Zygmunt Bauman in their new dialogic study Practices of Selfhood. The discussion provides the reader with more and more new links which surpass spatial and time limits as well as the borders between different systems of thought. Faith in the feasibility and indispensability of dialogue is also the central message of the book.

Practices of Selfhood is a good and facile introduction to identity research, offering educational reading to everyone who is interested in this topic.

Rein Raud (b. 1961) is the senior research fellow in Tallinn University. His main fields of research are social sciences and culture, specializing in Asian culture and philosophy.

Zygmunt Bauman (b. 1925) was a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Leeds. His main fields of interest were contemporary culture and its mechanisms of action. Bauman's studies elegantly surpass the borders between disciplines.

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ISSN 2504-6616
199 pages

Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis I (2016)
Linguistic, Social and Cognitive Aspects of Language and Multilingualism
Editor-in-Chief: Reili Argus
Editor: Anna Verschik

7,90 €


This year's topic of Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis, a collection by international authors, is "Linguistic, social and cognitive aspects of language contact and multilingualism".

No language exists in isolation without contacts with other languages; whether it is a peripheral fact for the researcher, or, on the contrary, the main object of study, is another matter. Most articles included in this volume are focused on language contacts having Estonian language as one of the parties.

The article by Lea Meriläinen, Helka Riionheimo, Päivi Kuusi and Hanna Lantto provides an overview of the theories of loan translations. Jim Hlavac approaches loan translations in Macedonian-English bilingual speech from the angle of contact linguistics. Virve Vihman's and Jim Hlavac's articles test theoretical models known in contact linguistics and state that in the process of language contacts, innovations which do not follow the grammar of either language are born. Anette Ross covers the dialect of the Roma living in Estonia in the context of other Roma language forms. Kristiina Praakli's article which analyses the social group of Estonians living in Finland from the viewpoint of pragmatics, and Helin Kase's study on the impact of English in Estonian fashion blogs are centered on multilingual virtual communication. Elīna Joenurma examines Estonian-Latvian bilingual speech, following the code-copying model, and focuses on the impact in both directions. Daria Bahtina-Jantsikene and Ad Backus treat Estonian-Russian receptive bilingualism, using experimental methodology.
The collection includes articles both in Estonian and in English.


ISBN 978-9985-58-822-2
382 pages

Mis on esteetika?
What is Aesthetics? (in Estonian)
Marc Jimenez
Translated from French by Mirjam Lepikult
Epilogue by Margus Vihalem

18,90 €


What is Aesthetics? by Mark Jimenez is a work of significant importance in the field of modern aesthetics, art history, art theory and cultural theory. The author shows how art and the cognitive process which is released upon experiencing art have been interpreted, demonstrating, at the same time, how important the problem of artistic creation and its impact has been over time in philosophy. This book suits everyone who wishes to have a better understanding of modern art, its origin and most important trends, helping to link these with the most important theories and concepts of aesthetics.

Marc Jimenez is a philosopher and a Germanist, he has taught aesthetics in Panthéon-Sorbonne University of Paris and is a recognized author of books on aesthetics.


ISBN 978-9985-58-820-8 Paperback
232 pages

Kõndimise filosoofia
A Philosophy of Walking (in Estonian)
Frédéric Gros
Translated from French by Mari Tarendi, edited by Anti Saar

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A Philosophy of Walking (2009) is the best known work of Frédéric Gros (b. 1965) where the author contemplates, among other things, different manners of walking – pilgrimages, hiking and strolling; observes the walking habits of famous litterateurs, and emphasizes that walking is not a sport. "One cannot calmly finish A Philosophy of Walking – an urge to walk develops in the course of reading. A small circle in the room, then in the yard, from there to the street and on, where your feet take you," comments Hasso Krull, a translator and writer.

Frédéric Gros is a French philosopher, professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. His specialty is modern French philosophy, especially the intellectual heritage of Michel Foucault. The main research topics of Gros include the history of psychiatry, philosophy of punishment, and the problems of war and obedience/disobedience.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-813-0
235 pages

Itaallaste ajalugu I
History of Italians I (in Estonian)
Giuliano Procacci
Translated by Heete Sahkai

14,20 €


Part I of the History of Italians covers the story of how the peoples of the Apennine Peninsula developed into Italians through political, religious, military, economic and cultural communication with their conquerors and/or allies. The author illustrates his general treatments of developmental dynamic of different cities, regions and states with colourful introductions of Italian great minds (successors of Dante, Galileo Galilei, Petrarch and Boccaccio) both as a social layer and as individual personalities. Relevant excerpts from chronicles, meaningful facts and generalizations, and appropriate details make the book easy to read and enjoyable.

Giuliano Procacci's (1926-2008) History of Italians (1970) is one the most important and most widely read attempts to treat the history of Italy as a whole, placing its provisional beginning in the turn of the first millennium.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-818-5
303 pages

Itaallaste ajalugu II
History of Italians II (in Estonian)
Giuliano Procacci
Translated by Heete Sahkai

17,80 €


The second volume of History of Italians covers two and a half centuries as of the reforms of Enlightenment to the funeral of Palmiro Togliatti, the leader of Italian Communist Party, in 1964. A thorough epilogue by Procacci offers a short overview and interpretation of the subsequent period, the years 1968-1996, as well. Procacci's ambition is to write the history of "Italians" instead of the history of "Italy". Thus, the book does not merely describe important events and deeds of great individuals, but attempts at interpreting the daily life and living conditions of people, main developments of Italian society and culture, stressing the regional differences within the country, societal and cultural fragmentation, and the resulting contradictions and conflicts.

Giuliano Procacci's (1926–2008) History of Italians (1970) is one the most important and most widely read attempts to treat the history of Italy as a whole, placing its provisional beginning in the turn of the first millennium.


ISBN 978-9985-58-818-5 
272 pages

Kreeklased ja idamaad. Homerosest maagideni
The Greek and the Orient. From Homer to magicians (in Estonian)
Walter Burkert
Translated from German by Jaan Lahe
Epilogue by Mait Kõiv

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In The Greek and the Orient, Ancient Greece's cultural contacts with the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, and others, are discussed. Without the influence of those civilizations, Ancient Greece would never have risen to the heights of its archetypal fame. The author illustrates the contacts between the Greek and the Orient by numerous colourful examples and makes the reading of his book a true voyage of discovery to the origins of Western civilization.

Professor Walter Burkert (1931–2015) is one of the best known and most recognised classical philologists in the world, who has written numerous books and articles in many languages on the subject of ancient cultures and religions. Thanks to him, wider audience has come to recognise that it is not possible to talk about classical Greece and the Orient as separate entities – these areas developed together in the course of cultural exchange during thousands of years. The Greek and the Orient is Walter Burkert's first work which has been translated into Estonian.


ISBN 978-9985-58-816-1
176 pages

Laste loovus ja kujutlusvõime. Mäng ja selle osa lapse psüühilises arengus
Creativity and imagination of children. Play and its role in the psychological development of a child (in Estonian)
Lev Võgotski
Translated from Russian by Enn Siimer
Epilogue by Kirill Maslov

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The works of Lev Vygotsky (1986–1934), one of the most outstanding psychologist of the 20th century, have reawakened interest today. Vygotsky died of tuberculosis only at the age of 38. The activities of the researcher, primarily in the field of developmental psychology, but also in aesthetics and defectology, have received wide scientific response. He has also been titled the Mozart of psychology. Vygotsky extended the idea of the psychology of a child's mental development, beginning to attach importance to socio-cultural impact besides the biological factors.

L. Vygotsky's book Creativity and imagination of children. Play and its role in the psychological development of a child constitutes a theoretical and practical approach to the essence of children's creativity and play, and the possibilities of how to advance them during the different development periods of children. This work is a helpful and inspiring source for pedagogues working with children as well as for parents interested in the addressed issues.


ISBN 978-9985-58-815-4
269 pages

Ars Poetica. Valik esseid
Ars Poetica. Selected essays (in Estonian)
Sergei Zavjalov
Translated from Russian by Aare Pilv

13,60 €


Zavyalov offers novel viewpoints to Soviet poetry which may refresh the re-conceptualization of Estonian poetry as well. This book also covers more thoroughly a few key persons of Russian postwar modernism, such as Gennadiy Aygi and Viktor Krivulin – authors little known in Estonia but unavoidable in the context of Russian poetry. Zavyalov who is of Mordovian origin, is interested in the fate of Balto-Finnic cultures in Russia, which is also reflected in this book. Overall adventurous, somewhat unorthodox, but certainly an authoritative approach to the developments of Russian poetry. Previously, a selection of poems “Meelika. Speeches” (2015) by Zavyalov has been published in Estonian.

Sergei Zavyalov (1958) is a poet and literary scholar, classical philologist by specialty. These selected essays provide an interesting insight into the tensions and twists between the different trends of Russian poetry from the last century.


ISBN 978-9985-58-817-8
245 pages

Raamat saksa luulekunstist
The Book of German Poetics (in Estonian)
Martin Opitz
Translated from German by Kai Tafenau
Verses translated by Maria-Kristiina Lotman
Comments and foreword by Maria-Kristiina Lotman and Kai Tafenau

13,60 €


Martin Opitz (1597–1639) – a poet, poetry theorist and a productive translator – created rules for artistic poetry in the German language almost 400 years ago. A simple idea in itself: in German, one should write poetry following the principles that are suitable for the German language, giving up the standard of Latin and Greek verses, which had persisted for centuries, turned out to be very influential in its time. The ideas of Opitz did not remain within the limits of German linguistic area. They had a direct impact on the beginning of Estonian poetry as well. The first known secular poem in Estonian language has been written explicitly following Opitz's laws of poetics. The first versified chants preserved in Estonian have been rendered in our language by the principles of Opitz.

Now, this culturally significant work has been made available to Estonian poetry lovers.
The book also includes comments and forewords by translators.


ISBN 978-9985-58-812-3 Paperback
551 pages

Jumalik komöödia. Purgatoorium
Divine Comedy. Purgatorio (in Estonian)
Dante Alighieri
Verses translated by Harald Rajamets, comments and preface by Ülar Ploom

12.25 €


Dante Alighieri’s (1265–1321) Divine Comedy is considered as one of the greatest achievements in the art of poetry. The book has been translated and interpreted already for 700 years, and it has also become an important testing method of the vitality of national linguistic and literary traditions. The Estonian journey of Divine Comedy began in 1910, when the opening song of the poem was published in the translation of Villem Grünthal-Ridala.

The second book of Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, provides the typology of the purification of souls, and tells of Dante’s and Virgil’s meetings with noteworthy people upon climbing the Mount of Purgatory where Dante prepares himself for the journey to Paradise under the guidance of the love of his youth, Beatrice.


ISBN 978-9985-58-811-6
192 pages

Linna asutamisest alates. Esimene raamat.
From the Foundation of the City. Book I (in Estonian)
Titus Livius
Translated from Latin by Kristi Viiding, Mart Noorkõiv, Tuuli Triin Truusalu.

12,45 €


„From the Foundation of the City“ (Ab urbe condita) by Roman historian Titus Livius (64/59 BC–17 AD) of Patavian origin is a monumental approach to the history of Rome from its first centuries in the history of the city until Livius’s times. By the duration and quantity of events that the author has addressed as well as by the length of text, this is the most comprehensive work remained from pagan antique literature, even despite the fact that three fourths of 142 books have been destroyed or missing. The opening book of the work describes the earliest period in Roman history – period of kings – and, by its approach, links to the idea of the work as a whole: to describe the rise and fall of Rome.

The first book is an enticing read for those interested in antique mythology and history: birth and deeds of Romulus and Remus, rape of the Sabine women, battle between the Horatii and the Curiatii, the story of the humiliation of Lucretia and fall of the empire described in the opening book are most widely known. However, the book is a classic also in historical urbanism because Livius describes, through historical events, the development of Rome as the mother city of European urban culture as well as the development of its districts and nearby areas. Livius mentions political-military undertakings often rather casually, as preconditions for how different areas of the city, institutions or buildings came into being. He interprets the roots of socio-historical phenomena such as census of population, deportation, founding of prisons, secularization of sacred objects, measures for increasing the popularity of new districts, etc. The book provides many examples also for those who study the history of public communication, i.e. communication between leaders and people, as well as for individuals who are interested in the early European history of law.


ISSN 2228-0669
272 pages 

I maailmasõda Ida-Euroopas – teistsugune kogemus, teistsugused mälestused
Great War in Eastern Europe – Different Experience, Different Memories (in Estonian)
Editor-in-Chief Toomas Hiio 

13,90 €


Estonian Yearbook of Military History, a joint publication of Estonian War Museum and Tallinn University Press, has reached the milestone of its fifth issue. This time, the topic is the life and environment in the rear of the belligerents of the Eastern Front of World War I, and in the lands under the occupations by various countries, and the subheading reads World War I in Eastern Europe – Different Experience, Different Memories. Besides the articles of Estonian historians Leho Lõhmus, Igor Kopõtin and Mart Kuldkepp, the same era elsewhere in Europe is covered by Klāvs Zariņš from Latvia, Germans Eberhard Demm and Christoph Mick from France and the UK respectively, and Tamara Scheer from Austria. In addition, the yearbook contains Peeter Kaasik's longer approach to national military units within the Red Army during World War II. Unlike the previous issues, this yearbook also contains three reviews on military history books that were published in Estonia in 2014. Yearbook has been illustrated with numerous photos and two maps. 


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ISBN 978-9985-58-8093
Hard cover
488 pages

Juri Lotmani autoportreed. Автопортреты Ю. М. Лотмана. Juri Lotman’s
Self-portraits (in English, Estonian and Russian)
Edited and compiled by Tatjana Kuzovkina and Sergei Daniel
Translated from Russian to Estonian and English by Piret Peiker

16,90 €


A trilingual and colourful book of self-portraits is a valuable addition to the legacy of this great scientist. Yuri Lotman was artistically talented and mastered a brilliant sketching technique; he knew how to convey the essence of things, animals, people with just a few lines. Often he drew himself, and this part of his artistic heritage is especially interesting culturally and in terms of his biography as a scientist: self-portrait is the expression of inner and outer at the same time, and reveals how the author views himself, what are the most intrinsic features of his character and behaviour. Yuri Lotman drew self-portraits often at random, on the edges of his research work, bibliographical sheets, calendar sheets etc. His self-portraits have been drawn in a humorous light, often using self-irony and expressing the author’s sense of humour. This makes the images especially charming. Illustrations differ by composition: there are quick portraits on the edges of texts, some have been outlined into the text, often accompanied by verbal comments, there are image series, stories within the images. Each drawing is accompanied by a short comment that contains necessary information for understanding the image: size, time of creation, location of the archival document, explanations on the content and the circumstances of its creation, if necessary. Comments have been written by Tatyana Kuzovkina. She has also written an epilogue for the drawings in cooperation with S. M. Daniel. As an important addition to Yuri Lotman’s legacy, primarily his biography, the book is trilingual: all comments and the epilogue are in Estonian, Russian and English.


ISBN 978-9985-58-808-6
470 pages

Vägi. Väekirjad I
Potency: Patterns of Potency I (in Estonian)
Margus Ott

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Margus Ott’s work Vägi (The Potency) is an original philosophical interpretation of the world, intertwining different traditions of thought and disciplines, and providing new means for pondering our existence and the world in our mother tongue. Central concept in Ott’s philosophy is indeed potency. A certain ontology or transformation doctrine is presented in the book. Following that, overall evolution is discussed, especially the problem of emergence of more complex forms of existence, including human being, i.e. language relationship. The latter has been dwelt on from a societal and individual perspective: how to maintain and raise communal and personal potency. Hence, the manifestations of potency in nature, society and individuals are examined.

Margus Ott defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy at Tallinn University, Estonian Humanitarian Institute, Estonia, in 2014. He has given lectures in Romance languages and culture, philosophy and sinology in different universities. Has rendered Western thinkers into Estonian language: Deleuze (for example, Difference and Repetition), Spinoza (Ethics), Bergson (for example, Matter and Memory) and Jullien (A Treatise on Efficacy) and excerpts from handwritten copies of Chinese philosophers of different eras.


ISBN 978-9985-58-804-8
125 pages

Teaduslikku ja filosoofilist. Valitud töid
Scientific and philosophical: Selected Works (in Estonian)
Albert Einstein
Compiled by Piret Kuusk
Translated from German by Georg Liidja, Kalle Hein and Piret Kuusk
Introductory articles by Raivo Stern and Ivar Piir 

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The collection of Albert Einstein’s writings includes his four pioneering scientific articles from the year 1905 and an insight into theoretical physics from the point of view of philosophy of science in 1936. In introductory articles, Raivo Stern describes Einstein’s position in the modern world and Ivar Piir gives a short overview of Einstein’s biography.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) is one of the founders of contemporary theoretical physics, laureate of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. His greatest achievements in physics are the special relativity theory (1905) on constant motion, connecting time and space into one spacetime, and general relativity theory connecting accelerating movement with gravitational phenomena (1915–1916).  He has also contributed to the formulation of quantum theory of light (1905) and to atomism where he explained Brownian movement by physical methods (1905).  
The book has been compiled by Piret Kuusk and translated from German by Georg Liidja, Kalle Hein and Piret Kuusk.


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ISBN 978-9985-58-805-5
533 pages

Õpetlike näidete raamat. Araabia rüütli mälestused
The Book of Learning by Example (in Estonian)
Usāmah bin Munqidh
Translated from Arab and commented by Üllar Peterson

18,90 €


"The Book of Learning by Example" by Usāma bin Munqidh (1095 - 1188) is one of the most famous medieval Islamic works. Together with the Koran and the "One Thousand and One Nights" stories, it is also one of the most translated books. In simple, joyful and down-to-earth form, the author gives an overview of the 12th century Syrian and Middle Eastern environment, the internal relationships of the Muslims and their interaction with the crusaders, as well as the life and hunting habits of the powerful in the Islamic world at that time. It is at once a historical source and an unconventional autobiography that is special because of the author´s spirit that is free of religious dogmas and his ability to see the "infidel" crusaders also as people - the franks as they were called at that time. There are general humanistic values present in the work, as well as detailed descriptions of everyday life and the humorous way of presentation makes it almost the only medieval Islamic historical source that is also an interesting read for a person who is not involved in Islam or history. At the same time of course, it is an invaluable source of information and an inspiration to everyone interested in medieval Islamic cultural story.


ISBN 978-9985-58-803-1
Paper back
135 pages

Vihma ja kuupaiste lood

Tales of Moonlight and Rain (in Estonian)

Ueda Akinari
Translation from classical Japanese with comments and foreword by Rein Raud


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Ueda Akinari (1734-1809) is an 18th century scholar, poet and productive writer, best known for his collection of ghost stories “The Tales of Moonlight and Rain” (1776). The collection has remained popular until today and in addition to evident wisdom on the background, this exciting book also proves Akinari´s deep knowledge of people. The reader finds an extensive gallery of different human types, some noble and wise, some foolish and frivolous, just as people everywhere and throughout history are.

“If things are mixed up in the world, people’s minds also become horrible”, says Ueda Akinari. His poetic Japanese narrative takes the reader, as if struck by the full moon, to the meeting grounds of ordinary and supernatural, beautiful and eerie. “There they are – the tales of moonlight and rain,” as poetess Doris Kareva has characterised the text.

The book is rich in illustrations.


ISBN 978-9985-58-802-4
Paper back
463 pages

Kriitilise teooria käsiraamat
The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory
Compiled by Paul Wake and Simon Malpas
Translation from English by Marilin Lips

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“The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory”, originally published by Routledge, is an indispensable guide to anyone approaching the field of critical theory for the first time, but also a good addition to those, who are already familiar with the topic. The “theory”, through different areas of research and ideas, encourages us to consider the way we understand and interpret the written word and through which we create meaning of the world.

Piret Viires, professor of Estonian literature and literary theory, has characterised the collection as follows: “The clear and simply worded systematic overview introduces  different fields of critical theory (e.g. structuralism, narratology, poststructuralism, postmodernism, queer-theory and others), its main theorists and concepts. The bulky lexicon of critical theory and recommendations for additional reading are valuable additions to the book.”

Paul Wake, a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University, has compiled a substantial study of the work of an English novelist Joseph Conrad, and has  also studied the relations of childhood and time on the example of “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne.

Simon Malpas, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, is  the author of  the books “The Postmodern” and “Jean-François Lyotard”.


ISBN 978-9985-58-801-7
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230 pages

Keharaskustega jõutreeningu anatoomia
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy
Bret Contreras
Translated from English Marina Maran

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Bret Contreras´  book “Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy” teaches how to train strength by exercises where one uses his or her own weight as counterweight – the training equipment that we carry with us all the time and everywhere.

The book includes general principles of bodyweight strength training, exact descriptions of exercises with performance instructions, principles of compiling a balanced exercise plan and example training plans. Anatomical illustrations of exercises help the reader to better understand, control and direct the training effect on complex locomotive apparatus consisting of bones, muscles and tendons as a whole.

Strength training is valuable as a separate type of training in maintaining health and good physical shape, as well as  an important element for training of all sports at all levels and as a means of rehabilitation in recovering from any illness or injury. The book is aimed at a wide variety of people engaged in sports and mobility, trainers, teachers and students of physical education and doctors of general practice.


ISBN 978-9985-58-800-0
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336 pages

Puhtus ja oht
Purity and Danger
Mary Douglas
Forword by Patrick Laviolette
Translated from English by Triinu Pakk

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The treatise “Purity and Danger” analyses how people arrange their world by drawing boundaries. In the book Douglas explains in a lively and graceful prose style and by using colourful examples (from dusting to religious practices) the background of perceiving purity and impurity, the sacred and filthy and the influence such categorization has on our whole understanding of the world.

For whom do we draw the boundaries between what is allowed and what is forbidden? Why do borderline phenomena make us uncomfortable? The patterns, dividing the world into what is allowed and what is forbidden, pass through all levels of the being, becoming apparent both in great narratives and numerous everyday practices.

In 1991  the “Purity and Danger” was listed among the hundred non-fiction books, which have most influenced the Western public discourse since the Second World War, by the Times Literary Supplement.


ISBN 978-9985-58-799-7
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263 pages

Nihilism ja kirjandus. Ei kogemine filosoofia ja kirjanduse ühtesulamisel
The experience of the 'not' in nihilist thought in the fusion of philosophy and literature
Leo Luks 

12,80 €


How to utter/write the not? How to say something inexpressively yet profoundly? Leo Luks´ freshly printed work “Nihilism and Literature: The Experience of the not in nihilist thought in the fusion of philosophy and literature” might prove to be a valuable guide in answering these big questions.

In his monograph, Luks deals with these in dialogue with modern philosophy and Estonian literature, mainly by focusing on the creation of Juhan Liiv, Jaan Oks, Jüri Ehlvest and Sven Kivisildnik.

“Leo Luks´ monograph attracts the reader with its defiant attitude and strange forcefulness. The author walks on a high-voltage line, on one side the danger to fall into the captivating swamp of Nietzsche, on the other protective alarm bells of literary scientists and philosophers. The result is eclectic and playful [...],” has Tiina Kirss characterized the text.

Leo Luks (b. 1976) studied philosophy in 1995–2008 at the University of Tartu (Master´s degree in 2002) and in 2008–2010 at Tallinn University Estonian Institute of Humanities (Doctoral degree in 2010). His more important research topics are nihilism, phenomenological philosophy and literary philosophy.


ISBN 978-9985-58-798-0
Paper back
302 pages

Essee kingist. Vahetustegevuse vorm ja mõte arhailistes ühiskondades
Essay on the Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies
Marcel Mauss
Foreword by Mary Douglas, afterword by Laur Vallikivi
Translation from French by Anti Saar
Translation of foreword from English by Triinu Pakk

14,60 €


There are no gifts without ulterior motives. A symbolic part of oneself is given with each gift and something is always expected in return – a gift is a part of the system of reciprocal relationships, where both an honour of the giver and receiver of the gift are at stake. Although giving gifts may be a way of avoiding a war between communities, as well as an attempt to convince the God to make a gift in return, exchanging gifts has always been a guarantee of good relations, as well as  politics and economy have  always been based on the psychology of giving gifts. Giving gifts is an act of solidarity between people, the effects of which reach all structures of the society.

“Essay on the Gift”, a masterpiece of Marcel Mauss, focuses on  exchange activies of the traditional societies of Melanesia, Polynesia and the Pacific Northwest by studying the religions, legal, economic and mythological aspects of giving and receiving gifts.  The study unites ethnology, historical science and sociology and is considered as one of the most significant texts of the 20th century anthropology.


ISBN 978-9985-58-797-3
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330 pages

Vastastikdifusioon metallisüsteemides 
Mutual Diffusion in Metal Systems (in Estonian)
Ülo Ugaste

14,80 €


The monograph "Mutual diffusion in metal systems" is mainly dedicated to the problems of experimental studies of mutual diffusion and the acquired results.

The content of the monograph is written in such a way that the reader can easily identify the necessary information. This includes both readers who are interested in the current status of diffusion studies in metal systems, as well as the readers who may be just getting acquainted with the field. The monograph is intended to be a study aid for Master´s and doctoral level students, and researchers involved in material studies, especially in metal studies. 


ISBN 978-9985-58-796-6
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368 pages

Kultuurne inimene. Keskklassi eluolu ajalooline areng
Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-Class Life (in Estonian)
Orvar Löfgren, Jonas Frykman.
Translated from English by Olavi Teppan

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Culture Builders" deals with the development of middle-class lifestyle and the values, views and mentalities that evolved at the turn of the 19th century and on into the 20th century – characteristics that seem so natural and obvious today. By differentiating such topics as the understanding of time, home, nature, cleanliness and discipline, the authors show exactly how these ideas developed and where they originated from. This enjoyable and captivating work on everyday life and identity is based on diversified sources ranging from personal memories to cookery and etiquette books.

The authors, Jonas Frykman and Orvar Löfgren, ethnology professors at Lund University, are among the most remarkable cultural researchers. "Culture Builders" is their best-known work. It has remained in the study programmes of many universities for a number of years and attracted broad readership outside the academic world.


ISBN 978-9985-58-795-9
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215 pages

Patañjali Yogasūtra
Patañjali's Yogasūtra (in Estonian)
Translated from Sanskrit by Martti Kalda
With comments and an introduction by Inga Põldma and Martti Kalda

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"Yogasūtra", written between the 5th and 2nd century B.C., is one of the most famous texts of Indian and world literary heritage. This piece of work was created during the ground breaking period when numerous flows of thoughts and different religions (e.g. Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism) were born in India. "Yogasūtra", a basic text of yoga philosophy and yoga practice written by Patañjali, is compulsory literature for everyone interested in yoga. This initiated a new ascetic ideology that spread from India and then throughout the world over the centuries and even today, still influences people´s attitude towards their body and soul. "Yogasūtra" is an ancient text that contains wisdom from the past that is still topical today.

The thorough introduction of the translation opens to the reader the most important aspects of the history, the cultural and thought provoking stories of Old India, while at the same time, telling the development story of yoga philosophy and yoga phenomenon from the past until today. The introduction includes everything that is relevant in regard to "Yogasūtra": vedic literature and philosophy of Upanishads, teaching of Buddhism and the ideology of the time. All of the most important stages of yoga history are treated. "Yogasūtra" translation includes the original and has been commented upon very thoroughly.



ISBN 978-9985-58-794-2
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208 pages






Tõlkimine omas ajas. Kolm juhtumiuuringut eesti tõlkeloost
Translation in its Time: Three Case Studies in Estonian Translation
Anne Lange 

13,75 €


"Estonian culture – like any other culture – is one of translation: a collection of texts that are read in one language and understood in another language. Paradoxically, a translation is often less valued than the original. Is this opinion justified? Furthermore, why should we value and read today, the works of translators who were known in public life in an earlier period of history?

"Translation in its time" seeks answers to these questions by providing an overview of what has been considered to be good quality translation in Estonia over a period of 100 years. Three translated books have been chosen for close reading. These are:  "Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained" 1895); "Lord Jim" (1931); "Pride and Prejudice" (1985) and this time the protagonists of the books are their translators - Timotheos Kuusik, Anton Hansen-Tammsaare and Henno Rajandi. Today, to a large degree, we are still living in an Estonian culture translated by them."


ISBN 978-9985-58-793-5
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216 pages

Sissejuhatus pilditeadusesse. Pildid visuaalkultuuris
Introduction to Visual Studies
Barbara Lange, Gustav Frank                                                                                        
Translated from German by Katrin Kaugver

12,20 €


Introduction to Visual Studies (Einführung in die Bildwissenschaft)  is an inspiring guide to the development of a discipline, its topics and research problems. Image science is a growing and open field that is still formulating itself. Image science is the study of works of art and other artefacts of the material and visual environment. For example, architecture expressing the idea of a museum; TV images transmitting actual information;  an advertisement poster inviting the individual to consume; or pictures and images as means of acquiring and shaping knowledge — these are all image science studies in both  historical and contemporary social practices. The most specific educational part of the book constitutes an analysis of individual cases that have been applied to different research objects of image science.


ISBN 978-9985-58-791-1
552 pages

Gnoosis: Ühe hilisantiikaegse usundi olemus ja ajalugu
Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism (in Estonian)
Kurt Rudolph
Translated from German by Jaan Lahe, Jana Lahe and Marju Lepajõe

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Gnosis is a Greek word that means “cognition” - the opening of the human mind to the comprehension of something new. Gnosticism is a religious movement that emphasizes the knowledge of divine secrets. The movement began in the area of the eastern Mediterranean and in the first and second centuries AD it spread to various regions of the Roman Empire. Through Manichaeism, Gnosticism spread widely in the Neo-Persian or Sassanian Empire, even finding its way to China via missionary work.

Gnosis has many points in common with early Christianity as well as with other religions common throughout in the Roman Empire (Judaism, mystery cults) and philosophical systems (especially with Middle Platonism). As a movement that accentuates the necessity of discovering hidden divinity in a human being, Gnosticism has also been, and still is, of interest for later eastern thinkers, because it is a source of inspiration for many who seek spirituality.


ISBN 978-9985-58-789-8
592 pages

Biosemiootika: Uurimus elu märkidest ja märkide elust
Biosemiotics: An Examination into the Signs of Life and the Life of Signs (in Estonian)
Jesper Hoffmeyer
Translated from English by Ehte Puhang
Introduction by Kalevi Kull

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Jesper Hoffmeyer’s “Biosemiotics: An Examination into the Signs of Life and the Life of Signs” is spellbindingly written and is more than a textbook. It is a groundbreaking work, which dissipates common truths and interdisciplinary barriers. One of the main ideas of the book is that life is not just another phenomenon that evolves in an environment, but it has an important role to play in the process of the constant reshaping of nature.

It is the first book published in Estonian that provides an exhaustive introduction to biosemiotics. It is recommended reading not only for students of biology and humanities but also for anyone who has an interest in life and culture in general.

Jesper Hoffmeyer is a world-renowned Danish scholar of semiotic biology.  He has worked as an experimenter as well as a theoretician, in the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Copenhagen, his home university. At the beginning of the 1990s when Hoffmeyer discovered the possibilities in the semiotic approach to the understanding of life, he became, and still is, one of the leading figures in the field of biosemiotics.

On the recommendation of the author, the book has been translated from English into Estonian by Ehte Puhang and includes an introduction by Kalevi Kull.


ISBN 978-9985-58-790-4
256 pages

Mis on filosoofia? 
What is Philosophy? (in Estonian)
Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
Translated from French by Anti Saar
Foreword by Eik Hermann 

15 €


“What is Philosophy?” (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie, 1991, Minuit) is the fourth substantial joint project of the influential French philosophical duo, Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and Felix Guattari (1930-1992).

The last collaborative work of the authors distinguishes itself from their earlier writings by its higher level of abstraction. Following the maxim “philosophy is the creation of concepts”, Deleuze and Guattari define their object negatively at first, denying philosophy as the search for truth, as the art of reasoning, as the expansion of logic, and then positively, comparing philosophy to science and art and also showing how all three disciplines are connected in their resistance to chaos.

It could be said that the book is written from the point of view of practitioners and aims to reach beyond the common division of subjective-objective (art versus science) by showing that the acts of creating philosophy, science and art have both a subjective as well as an objective polarity.

Regardless of the title, “What is Philosophy?” does not attempt to become an introductory course to Western philosophy, but it does give a fresh and impressive vision of philosophy for the “advanced” reader as well as for readers with a wider interest in culture in general.

The Estonian translation of the book includes a foreweord by Eik Hermann.


ISBN 978-9985-58-787-4
368 pages

Sissejuhatus ikonograafiasse. Piltide sisulise tõlgendamise võimalusi
Introduction to Iconography: Ways of interpreting the content of images (in Estonian)
Frank Büttner, Andrea Gottdang
Translated from German by Mari Tarvas

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The book 'Introduction to IconographyWays of interpreting the content of images' (2009) written by Frank Büttner and Andrea Gottdang, is an introduction to the basics of the knowledge and understanding of images. Büttner, a professor at the University of Munich and Gottdang, a professor at the University of Salzburg, provide an extensive insight into the iconography of the historical language of images as well as the contemporary language. In other words, they explain how to “read” the images and understand their meanings. For instance, an image of a rose does not always stand for a rose, Hercules does not always symbolise a mythological figure and an image depicting a historical battle does not always aim to depict just that battle. Iconography teaches us to see beyond representations and to understand the rhetorics of imagery and architecture. The book also explores the history, essential notions, main subjects and sources of the iconographic research method. The book also includes instructive examples of image analysis.

The study of iconography is a research method of art history and its importance is far-reaching. As Frank Büttner comments at the conclusion of the book, the iconographic descripton and interpretation of images play an important role in preserving our cultural memory. Fort this reason, the book will be of interest to, not only students of art history, but also to anyone who has an interest in culture.

ISBN 978-9985-58-785-0
304 pages

Sports Injuries (in Estonian)
Sakari Orava
Translated from Finnish by Siim Sikk

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In order to prevent injuries, one must learn to avoid them and in order to avoid injuries an athlete must understand the general principles of training and physiology. Also, in many cases, correct nutrition is a positive contributing factor.

This book provides an overview of the methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries. Typical sports injuries and various exhaustion injuries are also discussed. The book contains the combined knowledge of world-class medical practitioners presented in a concise and well-organised way. It will be useful, not only for athletes and trainers, but also for doctors who specialise in sports medicine; its goal is to increase the opportunities to prevent and effectively treat sports injuries, so that athletes can make a fast recovery.


ISBN 978-9985-58-786-7
109 pages

Amenemhet I õpetus oma pojale Senusertile
Instructions of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusret (in Estonian)
Translated from ancient Egyptian with a commentary by Sergei Stadnikow

9,50 €


In this book, the translator and commentator, Egyptologist Sergei Stadnikow, analyses the essence of the institution of the “god-king” during the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (2040-1782 BC). With reference to this institution, the author concentrates on the tie between the world order (Maat) and the emperor, his almost boundless power and privileges as well as his obligations. The author provides an insight into the process of fixation of the kingdom from the end of the IV millennium until the beginning of the Middle Kingdom. From the subject-related texts, the author concentrates mostly on the use of royal titles for the pharaohs, the Pyramid Texts, Teaching for King MerikareTeaching of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusret and The Tale of Sinuhe.

Special attention is given to the literary, philological, historico-political and belief-related analysis of the popular didactical work written in the name of Amenemhat I. The respective notes, conclusions and hypotheses will echo in the abundance of remarks and comments.

One should especially acknowledge the author for the many comparisons of various translations and writings; for example, the studies of Egyptologists H. Brunner, R. Parkinson, G. Posener, W. Helck, A. Volten, E. Blumenthal, M. A. Korostovtsev and others are analysed in the book.

Moreover, S. Stadnikow seeks to position Teaching of Amenemhat I to His Son Senusret in the context of direct and indirect communication between the subjects of world literature.


ISBN 978-9985-58-784-3
197 pages

Ükski saar pole saar: Neli pilguheitu inglise kirjandusele globaalsest vaatenurgast
No Island Is an Island: Four Glances at English Literature in a World Perspective (in Estonian)
Carlo Ginzburg
Translated from English by Aet Varik

12 €


This book contains four educated, brilliant and deep and distinctive insights into the history of English literature. In his own characteristic way, the author has chosen texts that inspire him to plunge into the historical context of the texts and into their dialogue with other texts. The book also presents, according to the author himself, a ‘non-insular vision of English literature’.

Carlo Ginzburg (born 1939) is considered to be one of the most renowned and influential Italian historians today. The main part of his writings concentrates on the research of witchcraft beliefs in early modern Europe. He has also written some remarkable analyses on art history, literature, politics, and on historico-theoretical issues.

For a considerable period of time, Carlo Ginzburg taught at the University of Bologna; he is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California.

The book also includes an interview with Carlo Ginzburg by the cultural historian, Marek Tamm.


ISBN 9789-985-58-78-12
389 pages

Peatükke Eesti muusikakriitikast enne 1944. aastat 
Chapters of Estonian Music Criticism Before 1944 (in Estonian)
Compiled by Maris Kirme
Authors: Maris Kirme, Maret Tomson, Reelike Tükk

14 €


This book is the first analytical discourse on Estonian music criticism. The general aim of the book is to identify the parameters of Estonian music criticism written before the year 1944, how it functioned, its dependence on the prevailing ideology, the influence of taste judgements and government authority, the ideas and values of criticism and their transformation in relation to changes in the political situation. It also dwells on the poetics of criticism, as well as the vocabulary characteristic of critics.

The book consists of four analyses of Estonian music criticism. Moreover, reviews from a German newspaper in Tallinn are examined side by side with Estonian newspapers. The authors show that music criticism is not just a journalistic echo of music nor the voice representing the public, but a multi-layered independent text.




ISBN 9789-985-58-78-36
536 pages

Maastik ja mälu. Pärandiloome arengujooni Eestis (in Estonian)
Landscape and Memory: Of the Development of Heritage Production in Estonia
Composed and edited by Linda Kaljundi and Helen Sooväli-Sepping
Authors: Linda Kaljundi, Valter Lang, Marek Tamm, Ulrike Plath, Ants Hein, Kristina Jõekalda, Riin Magnus, Heiki Pärdi, Hannes Palang, Mariann Raisma, Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Anu Printsmann, Tiina Peil, Aet Annist, Marju Kõivupuu, Tarmo Jüristo, Daniel Vaarik

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Landscape, which in its broader sense includes everything that surrounds us, has helped and continues to help in developing our understanding of identity and a common past. Landscape enables communities to reunite but can also separate communities and induce conflicts between different groups, ideologies and eras. Nevertheless, landscape itself never becomes the incarnation of a historical identity on its own, but happens because of our own continuous intervention, which makes it possible to demonstrate, recreate or hide spatial strata of different eras.

This is the first collection that gives such a broad insight into the relationship between landscapes and memory in Estonia from the Middle Ages until the present. It also helps to map the ways in which earlier heritage production has influenced the modern vision of the landscapes characteristic of Estonia. In addition, the book provides the reader with an excellent introduction to the possibilities of interpreting the relationship between landscape and historical memory in different fields of study. The book is a combination of writings by recognised scientists including a historian and archaeologist, an art historian and semiotician, an anthropologist, an ethnographer and a cultural geographer who share their perspectives on the relationships between landscape, memory and heritage construction.

The articles offer an insight into many key issues concerning the Estonian landscape heritage: they analyse various historical understandings of the space and environment that we either define as ‘our own’ or as ‘unfamiliar’, the spatial utopias aimed at the present as well as the past, different memory sites as well as the role of heritage protection and museums as constructors of heritage during different eras. The book also covers the ways of depicting landscapes to how and what we see and value in the environment and the influence this has. Attention is given to the depiction of landscapes in picture and in word: in historical chronicles and in journalism, in scientific texts and in literature, in photo albums and in tourism brochures, in filmography, etc.


ISBN 9789-985-58-778-2
392 pages


Kirjandus kui selline: Valik vene vormikoolkonna tekste
Literature as such. Selection of texts from the Russian formalist school (in Estonian)
Viktor Shklovsky, Roman Jakobson, Boriss Eichenbaum, Yuri Tynyanov, Boriss Tomashevski 
Compiled by Märt Väljataga 

4,90 €


20th century literary science developed from the ideas of Russian formalism. These were born from the spirit of futurism and revolution, as opposed to didactics and vague philosophising. These gradually developed into a systematic cultural theory. The youthful polemic of Viktor Shklovsky, Roman Jakobson, Boriss Eichenbaum, Yuri Tynyanov, Boriss Tomashevski and other radiant personalities went hand in hand with scholarly research. The present collection is divided into four parts: 'Manifestos', 'Prose theory', 'Literary process' and 'Self interpretations'. The book contains 16 key texts, authors´ introductions, comments, epilogues and registers. Such notions as astonishment and evolution, realism and conditionality, form and material, dominance and function, storyline and plot, orientation and system - as well as the relation of literature with biography and everyday life - are discussed. None of these have lost their relevance.

The collection includes comments and a thorough preface.


ISBN 9789-985-58-777-5
280 pages

Me pole kunagi olnud modernsed
We Have Never Been Modern (in Estonian)
Bruno Latour
Translated from French by Anti Saar
Afterword by Silver Rattasepp 

11,40 €


Bruno Latour´s 'We Have Never Been Modern' shows us that the world view of us - the rational people who have grown up in modernity - is not the only possibility, or not even the most exact of all, but is significantly biased due to some arbitrary cultural decisions that seem natural to us; but actually are not. The world that Latour invites us to notice instead is something different altogether: a functioning body of networks, hybrids and interpenetrations, which is at the same time local and global, natural and human – is as it is, not as it seems.

Professor Bruno Latour (b. 1947) from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, is the least known superstar of contemporary philosophical thinking. He is a very influential, widely cited and referred author.  One of the main leaders, not to say founders, of technical research whose interests reach from anthropological laboratory studies to the fields of arts, religion, legislations and sometimes even railway systems and others, all set in an original and unique philosophical framework.  


ISBN 9789-985-58-776-8
304 pages

Esitledes iseend. Tallinlane ja tema elamu varauusajal
Presenting Yourself. The Tallinn Citizen and Their Dwelling during Early Modern Period (In Estonian)
Krista Kodres

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The Modern Tallinn Old Town is usually described as a town with medieval architecture. When taking a closer look one might notice that the buildings with “gothic” facades – the once single-family dwellings – are not really prevalent in the cityscape. Furthermore, the notion of the few centuries following Middle Ages in Reval were lacking in architecture and art. Actually, the dwellings changed drastically after the golden era of the Hansa Union in the 15th century Tallinn: New windows were carved into the pointed gables and modern colourful details were added, and several rich townsmen remodelled their houses radically by losing the gables entirely and making the roofs slant towards the street.
The biggest visual changes made in the 16th—18th century happened to the courtyards of the buildings and the interior of the dwellings: the living quarters were made wider by adding rooms towards the street and the courtyard and by making use of the space used as storage rooms until then, the entire living space became more functionally bounded, the rooms became lighter, more comfortable, beautiful and more richly furnished. Thus, the city was constantly changing through its buildings, even though the street fabric largely remained the same.

Were the Tallinn dwellings restructured during the first centuries of the early modern period, why and how, are the main focus points of the book Presenting Yourself. The Tallinn Citizen and Their Dwelling during Early Modern Period. Why and how did the owners have their building walls embellished with stone carvings and paintings, and when and how did the white-pillared order architecture from antiquity make its way to Tallinn? How did the old and new architecture and art forms relate to each other, and why did the owners feel the need to constantly re-embellish and embellish their houses? Why did they need to change the plan of the dwelling as well and how was it done? What did the entire family, including the helping staff, do it those rooms? What kind of furniture and decorations did they get and why did they spend money on this? What did they paint on the ceilings and walls, and why? How and where did they gain the knowledge and pressure to execute the visual changes?

One of the most important conclusions of the research is that the wealthy Tallinn citizen, either a merchant or a nobleman, was an “international man”, who developed and embellished his home because it was a matter of standing, which during the early modern period included paying attention and money to the “exterior things”.

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ISBN 9789-985-58-775-1
237 pages

Sada luuletust, sada luuletajat
A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets (in Estonian)
Compiled by Fujiwara no Teika
Translation and commentary from Classical Japanese by Alari Allik

8 €


A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets (Hyakunin isshu) is a small poetry anthology that the known poet and poetry theoretician Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241) compiled in the beginning of the 13th century. The anthology gives a good overview of the development of Japanese poetry on 7th-13thcentury and contains short poetry by Ono no Komachi, Ariwara no Narihira, Murasaki Shikibu, and many other known writers.

Some less known texts also made it into Teika’s little anthology, but those are also valuable in a way by providing insight about the taste preferences of the medieval literati.

This selection of poems has been made famous in Japan by a card game that people still play even nowadays during the New Year’s celebration. Thanks to this game there are still some Japanese, who know all the poems of A Hundred Poems, A Hundred Poets by heart. They use beautiful cards depicting fancily dressed courtiers, monks and ladies-in-waiting when reciting the poetry.

The pictures and calligraphy in this compilation are from a textbook for educating women from the Edo period (1603-1867) entitled The Selected Colourful Pages of Teika (Teika-sen kinyōshō, 1813).


ISBN 9789-985-58-772-0
272 pages

Jumalate poolt armastatud kuningas Priyadarśin Aśoka raidkirjad
The Beloved by the Gods King Priyadarshin Ashoka’s epigraphs
The preface, epigraph translations from Aramaic and Greek and several Prakrits, and the necessary background information along with the commentary by Martti Kalda

12,10 €


The great king Ashoka of Ancient India (ruling approx. 274/268 – 234/232 BC) was a legendary ruler, whose person has lost any and all historical accuracy by now, and is completely veiled by legends instead. His numerous epigraphs, found on rocks and monoliths from various places on the Hindustan peninsula, advocate a rough idea of humanism based on Buddhist teachings. The commented translations of the epigraphs, along with the analytical introduction, open Ashoka up for the Estonian reader as both – the historical person, as well as the hero in Buddhist legends. The book also uncovers the propagandist nature of the epigraphs, but also brings to us the eternal values of a welfare state: tolerance, caring, freedom of religion, morality, nonviolence, equality in front of the law.


ISBN 9789-985-58-771-3
232 pages

Gandersheimi Hrotsvita draamad
The Dramas of Gandersheim Hrotsvita (in Estonian)
Translated from Latin by Mari Murdvee 

11,50 €


Hrotsvita (approx. 930/935 – after 975) is the first known female writer of the Middle Ages, as well as the first Western author, who has written Christian plays. There is very little known about Hrotsvita’s life, mainly that most of it was spent in the rich and famous Gandersheim monastery in Saxony. Hrotsvita’s known creation consists of eight hagiographical verse-tales, six plays in rhymed prose, two historic poems, one poem and some letters. The main portion of her literary legacy as a whole only exists in a manuscript preserved in Munich, which was rediscovered in the beginning of the 16th century.

The first part of The Dramas of Gandersheim Hrotsvita includes five versed hagiographies that all praise chastity and abstinence in different ways; the second part is written in rhymed prose and contains six plays with prefaces. There is mostly a female character and her religious change of heart or martyrdom in the centre of the drama, written in Terentius’ example.


ISBN 9789-985-58-769-0
192 pages

Meel ongi Buddha: Mazu jutlused ja ütlused
Mind is Buddha: Mazu’s sermons and utterances (in Estonian)
Mazu Daoyi
Translated and commented from Classical Chinese by Elli Feldberg

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The main character of the book „Mind is Buddha: Mazu’s sermons and utterances“ is the Chinese chan teacher Mazu Daoyi (709-788) who is considered to be the founder of the „classical“ chan and pioneer of the linji school, which is popular even nowadays.

„Mazu’s sermons and utterances„ was first published on the 11th century. The first and second part of the manuscript are very close to the original, being based on the writings of Mazu’s students. The third part (utterances), however, is based on later sources and Mazu is depicted as a radical chan teacher who surprises his students with unexcpected words and behaviour, sometimes even using his hands and feet, to help them towards understanding.

„Mazu’s sermons and utterances„ is the first complete Buddhist text to be Estonianised from Classical Chinese. The original text in Chinese has been added to the translation, in addition to an elaborate commentary and a comprehensive preface


ISBN 9789-985-58-770-6
464 pages

Mis on kultuur? Sissejuhatus kultuuriteooriatesse
What is culture? Introduction to culture theory (in Estonian)
Rein Raud

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An idea of how culture functions -- in other words an idea of everything that helps people to find meaning in their living environment and their place in it- is important for every independent and thinking person; but for people in the field of humanities and social sciences it is inevitable. The book is trying to offer that kind of a perception. First and foremost the reader is introduced to the most important approaches that have been applied in science nowadays to analyse the cultural phenomena. On the other hand, it is pointed out, how to use these approaches or different combinations of them in our everyday cultural environment as well as to giving a critical meaning to the substance that is in our cultural memory.

In addition to modern theories, a lot of space has been dedicated to the historical background of the way of thinking of culture theory and to approaches that are not used anymore. It is because newer theories can be easily understood when knowing on which viewpoint they are based on. It is good to know the tradition in order to recognize paraphrasing of old ideas in new statements as well as in our own. Semiotician Mihhail Lotman: ”the book fills an important gap in the field of Estonian cultural literature. It is the first original Estonian approach that gives a full overview of culturology and its main issues, methods and schools of thought. It can be sensed that the author is not an office scientist but a teacher whose intelligence has been successfully combined with appealing presentation. The monograph of Rein Raud can be used as a textbook but it is still something much more. It is original and at times in a good way, even a provocative narrative of culture.


ISBN 9789-985-58-767-6
398 pages 

Subkultuurid. Elustiilide uurimused
Subcultures: Survey on lifestyles (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste
Authors: Airi-Alina Allaste, Peeter Vihma, Pirjo Turk, Lii Araste, Maarja Kobin, Madis Altermann, Lee Maripuu, Rene Mäe, Maarin Ektermann, Hannaliisa Uusma and Kadri Ann Salla

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Subcultures can be considered as a forefront and defence line of society as well as an expansion of Western mass culture in Estonia. Subcultures can also be seen as a frightening and abnormal riot but at the same time as avant garde or the core of culture.  In the newly published book a practical and empirical sociological approach has been used to tackle the subject of subcultures. Different phenomena have been analyzed in the collection- from creative self-expression of artists and social criticism to social conventions based on controlling the violence of teen criminals. The main aim of the collection has been to give an Estonian meaning to the term subcultures and due to this, different phenomena, which can be called subcultures, have been included in the collection. The book begins with a practical approach but mainly consists of empirical articles on the subjects of the adjustment of subcultural styles in Estonia, the limits of subculture and culture and how structures influence subcultures.


ISBN 9789-985-58-766-9
160 pages

Funktsioon ja struktuur Briti koolkonnas: Antropoloogia lugemik
Function and structure in the British school. Anthropology reader (in Estonian)
Compiled by Lorenzo Cañás Bottos
Translated from English by Krista Mits, Maarja Kaaristo, Mart Viirand, Anne Lange ja Maria Michelson 
Editors Maarja Kaaristo and Triinu Pakk

9,80 €


This compendium includes the texts from 1922–1940 of Bronisław Malinowski (1884–1942) and Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown (1881–1955), who have influenced the development of social anthropology as a discipline tremendously; the chosen writings reflect the central ideas of the functionalist and structural functionalist schools of anthropology. These authors, founders of the modern British social anthropology, gave a new direction to the discipline and a methodological and theoretical approach, as well as taught an entire generation of anthropologists. The areas developed by Malonowski and Radcliffe-Brown are still represented in social anthropology till date: theoretical interest combined with empirical, ethnographical fieldwork done on site.

The redactor Lorenzo Cañás Bottos is currently a docent in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology; 2006-2012 he was the first anthropology professor of Tallinn University. He has done fieldwork in Ireland and boarder areas of Northern Ireland, and with the mennonites in Argentina and Bolivia.


ISBN 9789-985-58-765-2
187 pages

The Society of the Spectacle (in Estonian)
Guy Debord
Translated from French by Anti Saar

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Guy Ernest Debord (1931-1994) was a French Marxist philosopher, a film director and one of the main ideologists of avant-garde art in the second half of the 20th century. He was a great inspiration to many cultural theorists and practitioners due to his inability to accept any form of mental, social and artistic permanence.

In his main piece of writing “The Society of the Spectacle” (1967), he depicts a poetic and slogan-like approach of the spectacle as a control-mechanism of modern society by using theses and a critical comparison with earlier Marxist tradition. Debord´s contemporary vision at the beginning of the 21st century is affirmed by the opinion of many critics, that the society spectacle with its glory and misery is only now becoming a late-capitalistic reality brought on by the explosive development of new media.


ISBN 9789-985-58-764-5
480 pages

Jutlustajad ja hingede päästjad: Dominiiklaste ordu ja Tallinna Püha Katariina Konvent
Preachers and Soul Saviours: The Dominican Order and the Tallinn St. Catherine’s Convent (in Estonian)
Tiina Kala 

14 €


The book “Jutlustajad ja hingede päästjad: dominiiklaste ordu ja Tallinna Püha Katariina Konvent” (Preachers and Soul Saviours: The Dominican Order and the Tallinn St. Catherine’s Convent) thoroughly depicts the history of the Dominicans in Tallinn from the establishment of the convent to its breakup, by revealing the everyday life of the Dominican Brothers - their liturgy and relationship with the rest of the world, arguments with the clergy and relations with the town´s people, the aristocracy and the farmers. The fate of the convent is compared to the overall history of the Order of Preachers, supporting historical facts with printed publications and handwritten resources. These have come mainly from the Tallinn city archives, but some have also come from the Hamburg National Archives and the central archives of the Order of Preachers.


ISBN 9789-985-58-763-8
216 pages

Mis on sotsioloogia?
What is sociology? (in Estonian)
Norbert Elias
Translated from German by Katrin Kaugver
Preface by Mikko Lagerspetz

11,90 €


The book “What is Sociology?” is recognized as a sociological confession by the German sociologist, Norbert Elias (1897-1890). It is not a typical sociology textbook that begins by introducing the main concepts, but begins instead with the destruction of central notions of sociology such as “the individual” and “society”. Elias sees “society” and its main components – “family”, “school”, “industry”, “earth”, “system” etc. - as examples of objectification and the dehumanisation of social life, brought on by sociological and regular vocabulary. He also thinks of the notion “individual” as an unreal abstraction, because a human being cannot exist without their social connections.

“What is Sociology?” reveals that its author is an independent thinker and is not afraid to tackle the fundamental problems of his field. He does this with an in-depth, radical approach. The Estonian publication has a foreword written by Mikko Lagerspetz, a sociology professor at Åbo Akademi University.



ISBN 978-9985-58-762-1
268 pages

Kultuuriajaloo ülesanne. Valitud artiklid, esseed, kõned
The Task of Cultural History. Selected articles, essays, speeches (in Estonian)
Johan Huizinga
Compiled by Joep Leerssen
Translated by Mati Sirkel

14 €


“The Task of Cultural History” is a collection of Johan Huizinga´s most important articles and papers. Huizinga (1872-1945) was a Dutch historian and cultural critic, whose work has historically had a great influence on the research options of cultural history and critical thinking in Europe. His work is characterized by an interest in anthropology, philology, psychology and philosophy within the framework of cultural history.

Professor Joep Leerssen, of the University of Amsterdam, is an expert on Huizinga´s creation and has compiled the collection and written the introduction. It is a very impressive anthology, giving the reader a clear insight into the mind-set of Johan Huizinga.


ISBN 978-9985-58-760-7
188 pages

Gooti arhitektuur ja skolastika
Gothic architecture and scholasticism (in Estonian)
Erwin Panofsky
Preface by Pierre Bourdieu
Translated from English by Ene-Reet Soovik and from French by Kaia Sisask
Edited and commented by Anneli Randla

10,90 €


Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) is one of most renowned art historians of the twentieth century, as well as the founder and practitioner of the iconological method. His method is based on drawing parallels between the meaning of art pieces and the worldview of the period. Despite changes in the prevailing discourses, this method has remained popular among art historians.

”Gothic architecture and scholasticism” (1951) is one of Panofsky ´s most polemical works. In it, he brings together modes of thought derived from high mediaeval philosophy with the development of architectural forms. Due to its innovative approach when published, the book is considered among the fundamental texts in the historiography of art history. ”Gothic architecture and scholasticism” is an exemplary text of how iconology can be applied. It illustrates the author´s belief that the medieval scholastic system is visible in gothic architecture. Despite the fact that Panofsky can be very easily criticised from a modern perspective, iconology has not lost its relevance. According to Krista Kodres, professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Panofskian method of close reading of artworks still belongs in every contemporary researcher’s methodological ”tool bag.”

The Estonian publication also includes Pierre Bourdieu´s excellent prologue. The book has been edited and commentary has been added by Anneli Randla


ISBN 978-9985-58-758-4
208 pages 

Jalgrattasõidu anatoomia
Cycling Anatomy (in Estonian)
Shannon Sovndal
Translated from English by Marina Maran

12 €


See what it takes to maximize cycling power, speed, and endurance! Cycling Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength and optimizing the efficiency of every movement.

Cycling Anatomy features 74 of the most effective cycling exercises, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action.

Cycling Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the bike and into the throes of competition. Illustrations of the active muscles involved in cornering, climbing, descending, and sprinting show you how the exercises are fundamentally linked to cycling performance. From steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy will ensure you're prepared for any challenge that comes your way.

You'll also learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas, reduce muscle tension, and minimize common cycling injuries. You'll also learn ways to pull it all together to develop a training based on your individual needs and goals.

Whether you're training for an upcoming century ride or just want to top that killer hill with strength to spare, Cycling Anatomy will make sure you get the most out of every ride.

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280 pages


Eesti sõjaajaloo aastaraamat 3 (9) 2013
200 aastat Napoleoni sõjakäigust Venemaale ja selle mõju Läänemere maadele
Estonian War History Yearbook 3 (9) 2013. 200 years since Napoleon’s war campaign to Russia and its effects on the states of the Baltic Sea (in Estonian)

10 €


The third issue of the War History Yearbook, published in collaboration with the Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner’s Museum and Tallinn University Press, is dedicated to the bicentennial anniversary of Napoleon’s war campaign to Russia in 1812. The yearbook has articles written by Estonian, Finnish and American historians, discussing the various aspects of Napoleon’s wars, from Prussian foreign politics to Russian military honours and from Napoleon’s war path logistics to its reflection in graphics of the first half of  the 19th century. There is also an appendix detailing the chronological overview of the quarter century spanning Napoleon’s wars.

Three articles in the second part of the yearbook reflect the military collaboration between Estonia and Latvia in  the intervals between wars, aspects regarding the monument for war casualties in Pärnu Old Park, and the exploitation of II World War veteran stories in the Soviet propaganda in Estonian SSR. The yearbook, which includes a considerable number of pictures and photos, has been pre-reviewed and all the articles have lengthy annotations in English.


ISBN 978-9985-58-755-3 Paperback 
288 pages

Pistriku talvekarje: esseid Joseph Brodsky poeetikast ja surmast
The Winter Scream of a Falcon: Essays on the Poetics and Death of Joseph Brodsky (in Estonian)
by Mihhail Lotman 
Poems translated by Mihhail Lotman ja Maria-Kristiina Lotman

10,50 €


A poet, essayist and dramatist, Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) had a significant influence on the Russian and English-speaking literary and cultural world. He actively participated in the intellectual life of the United States, especially in New York. According to Susan Sontag, he was responsible for considerable changes. Brodsky's poetic world is illustrated by the tremendous tension between Eros and Thanatos on the one hand and Clio and Urania on the other hand, i.e. between space and time. All objects, events and metaphors in Brodsky's poetry are part of this theme.
In Mihhail Lotman's book “Pistriku talvekarje: esseid Joseph Brodsky poeetikast ja surmast” (in Estonian) the most important aspects of Brodsky's poetics are discussed in different genres and from a variety of perspectives. Compared to the first edition, the themes of the sea and especially the sky have been discussed in more detail. An essay about Brodsky's love story and his poems on love has been added.


ISBN 978-9985-58-757-7 Paperback
144 pages

Kitsas tee sisemaale
Narrow Road to the Deep North (in Estonian)
Matsuo Bashō
Translated from Classical Japanese by Margit Juurikas

Out of stock

Matsuo Bashō was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Bashō's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.


ISBN 978-9985-58-756-0 
246 pages

Demokraatia  kas inimkonna tulevik? Tingimusliku ja kontekstuaalse lähenemise vajalikkusest demokraatia levitamisel 
Democracy – A Destiny of Humankind? A Qualified, Contingent and Contextual Case for Democracy Promotion (in Estonian)
Rein Müllerson
Translated from English by Pille Kruus

10 €


This book by Rein Müllerson, who is currently the President of Tallinn University Law School (TLÜ Õigusakadeemia), is a result of several years of practical involvement as UN Regional Advisor for Central Asia, where issues of democracy promotion have been paramount, as well as academic research and teaching at King's College, London and the London School of Economics.

The main purpose of the book is to give a balanced, contextual and realistic picture of prospects of democracy in the non-Western, including Muslim countries, world.

It is also about dangers of voluntaristic attempts, which are illuminated by deterministic reading of the past, to accelerate the course of history towards certain ends, be it communism or liberal democracy. This book is meant mainly for those who are involved in various capacities in democracy promotion (government officials, staff of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGO), academics and students (mostly on the Master's and PhD levels).


ISBN 978-9985-58-752-2 Paperback 
152 pages

Morality (in Estonian)
Bernard Williams 
Translated from English by Tiiu Hallap

10 €


Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was one of the leading figures of the philosophy of morality in the second half of the 20th century. He has often been named as the representative of the “anti-theoretical” line of thinking. “Morality”, published in 1972, is Williams' first, but still widely quoted, work.
At the time of publication, “Morality” was targeted mainly against the mainstream Anglo-American philosophy of morality, which saw ethics only as meta-ethics and semantics. It was believed that the main task of a philosopher is to merely analyse the language of morality, not to “moralise”, clean or axiomatise the norms of morality. Although in recent decades there has been the rebirth of practical or applied ethics, one of Williams' main critical statements is also valid for contemporary philosophy of morality – theories are schematic and tend to lose touch with the depth and details of the realities of life.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-754-6 Paperback 
136 pages

Vita nova. Uus elu 
Vita Nova. New Life (in Estonian)
Dante Alighieri
Translated from Italian by Rein Raud

6,90 €


Considered by many to be the masterpiece of Dante's youth, New Life is the one of the finest poetical works, and the first example of the modern novel in Italian. At the age of nine, Dante met and fell in love with Beatrice. Although she died at an early age, she remained his lifelong muse. New Life is Dante's profound attempt both to reconcile the deep anguish he suffered after her loss, and also to capture something of her eternal beauty, seeing her as the universal figure of woman. Incorporating poems and prose, and indicative of Dante's remarkable linguistic style, New Life still remains one of the greatest works in the literature of love.


ISBN 978-9985-58-746-1 
368 pages

Teisiti kui olla ehk teispool olemust 
Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence (in Estonian)
Emmanuel Levinas
Translated from French by Kaia Sisask

10 €


Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence(Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence) is considered one of the main works by the French thinker Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995), in addition to his work Totality and Infinity(Totalité et infini). The author develops, but also changes, his views published in Totality and Infinity. This was likely a result of a fruitful dialogue with Jacques Derrida.
Levinas is trying to translate ethics into the language of philosophy in this book. However, he also knows how impossible this task is. An ethical imperative comes from the other side of being and essence, from the other side of all totalities and hence from the other side of language. Nevertheless, it is possible to hear, in the being and language, the echo of this imperative which devotes one person to another and which can be ignored only at the cost of feeling guilty. According to Levinas, such philosophy is not the love of wisdom - instead it's the wisdom of love – in the service of justice.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-745-4 Paperback
256 pages

Struktuur ja vabadus 1: Semiootika vaatevinklist. 1.1. Tartu–Moskva koolkond 
Structure and Freedom 1. From the Perspective of Semiotics. 1.1. Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics (in Estonian)
Mihhail Lotman

11 €


"Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics" is the first volume of Mihhail Lotman's selected works entitled "Structure and Freedom". This volume includes the author's research into the basics of semiotics and an overview of the most important terms used in the Tartu School of Semiotics. In the introduction, Lotman explores the definition of “semiotics”. The book also includes some original work by the author and a number of specialized terms that he defined, such as “the field of a semiotic system”, “semiotic reduction” as well as others that are unique to Lotman’s work.
The book is a good read for anyone interested in semiotics and does not require any specialized knowledge on the subject.


ISBN 978-9985-58-743-0 
468 pages

Eesti poliitika ja valitsemine 1991–2011 
Estonian Politics and Governance 1991–2011 (in Estonian)
Edited by Raivo Vetik

8 €


A collection of articles entitled "Estonian Politics and Governance 1991–2011" is dedicated to the development of Estonian politics and state governance during the past twenty years, within the framework of the establishment of institutions characteristic of democracy, mutual adaptation and the search for a suitable balance.
The democratization of Estonia is analysed in the wider context of the development of post- communist countries. The impact on Estonian politics as a result of Estonia’s accession to the European Union is also dealt with. This is an interdisciplinary analysis and in addition to political science and public administration, it also includes perspectives on history and future studies.
The book explores both the establishment of formal institutions of democracy and the central problems of politics that are related to the quality of democracy, the efficiency of civil society, the interrelationship between society and the state as well as the impact of globalization.
The authors hope that this overview will contribute to a deeper understanding of the achievements and shortcomings of Estonian politics, which is important both in public debate as well as in policy-making.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-744-7 
200 pages

Jooksu anatoomia 
Running Anatomy (in Estonian)
Joe Puleo, Patrick Milroy
Translated by Marina Maran, preface by Kristjan Port

Out of stock

The rapidly growing community of running enthusiasts needs knowledge in addition to running equipment. "Running Anatomy", edited by renowned running experts Doctor Patrick Milroy and trainer Joseph Puleo, is a practical training handbook for runners and includes the theoretical knowledge of human anatomy in a clear, easy-to-read style for beginners and top athletes alike.
The book features exercises created especially for runners to develop strength, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-colour anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. The book also includes information on physiology, training methods, runners' most common injuries and their causes and a general overview of the “running culture”.
"Running Anatomy" is written for people who want to develop their own or someone else's running ability - either with the purpose of achieving better results in competition or simply getting more enjoyment out of running or even just developing a healthier lifestyle. The book can be used as a textbook, as well as a convenient reference handbook, for top athletes, running enthusiasts, trainers, students of the sport sciences and beginners. Family physicians will even find it useful for giving advice to runners. In short, the book is a good read for everyone who wishes to use running for learning more about the complexity, rationality and beauty of the human body.


ISBN 978-9985-58-742-3 
126 pages

Vairāgyaśataka ehk Sada värssi ilmaelust loobumise kiituseks 
Vairāgyaśataka (in Estonian)
Translated from Sanskrit by Martti Kalda and Mathura

8,10 €


Bhartṛihari lived and worked in northern India around the 5th to7th century when the medieval culture in Sanskrit was at its height. Although he is seen as the author of one grammar work and three collections of poetry, nothing else is known about the author's life and work. In spite of the political and cultural glory of India at the time, Bhartṛihari's poetry expresses deep pessimism and disappointment in everything earthly. He sees a downfall both in human relationships and in society. The only possible way to freedom was to lead a life of an ascetic and abstain from worldly indulgence. However, this melancholy tendency also produced some delightful poetry.
Bhartṛihari is a wonderful example of the best Indian spiritual writers whose aim is to remind us that the desire for wealth and social status does not bring true joy. Everything earthly is connected to fugacity; the real human prison is the hope that fugacious things will bring unending joy.


ISBN 978-9985-58-741-6 
296 pages

Strukturaalantropoloogia: valik artikleid 
Structural Anthropology: Selected Articles (in Estonian)
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Compiled by Marek Tamm, translated by Anti Saar, preface by Toomas Gross

11,20 €


This compendium of works by the French anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908 –2009) is based on three collections of articles published during the author’s lifetime: Anthropologie structurale(1958), Anthropologie structurale deux (1973) and Le regard éloigné (1983), and includes text originally published in Annales E.S.C.
The book covers Lévi-Strauss’s main research themes: family, kinship, and myth, and it places particular emphasis on the author’s methodological articles.
This compendium may be of interest to those engaged in the humanitarian and social sciences, and may be useful as university learning material. 


328 pages

Eesti sõjaajaloo aastaraamat 2 (8) 2012

Estonian Yearbook of Military History 2 (8) 2012 (in Estonian) 

Out of stock

The Estonian Yearbook of Military History is a peer-reviewed journal intended for people who are interested in military history. The 2012 issue contains mainly articles based on presentations delivered at a conference that focused on military history. The conference, entitled “War and Society: Interactions between the Military and Civil Population” was held in 2011. In addition to historians from Tartu and Tallinn, the authors also include researchers from Sweden, Germany and the USA whose articles have been translated into Estonian. The topics in the yearbook discuss the period from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 21st century. The journal also includes articles describing the first years of the Estonian navy and the expressions of ideological war in the Soviet Estonia. A longer article discusses methodological concerns regarding the compilation of a web-based database of Estonian officers, including a focus on the critical analysis of sources.
The yearbook is illustrated with approximately ten archive photos.


ISBN 978-9985-58-739-3 
248 pages

Igavuse filosoofia 
A Philosophy of Boredom (in Estonian)
Lars F. H. Svendsen
Translated from Norwegian by Jaan Pärnamäe

Out of stock

A Philosophy of Boredom, first printed in 2005, explores one of the central preoccupations of our age – the nature of boredom, how it originated, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it voluntarily. 
Lars Svendsen (born in 1970) gathers observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology, and popular culture; he examines pre-Romantic manifestations of boredom in medieval torpor, philosophical musings on boredom from Pascal to Nietzsche, and modern investigations into alienation and transgression by twentieth-century artists from Beckett to Warhol. 
A witty and entertaining account of our dullest moments and most maddening days, A Philosophy of Boredom will appeal to anyone curious to know what underlies the overwhelming inertia of inactivity.
Lars F. H. Svendsen teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen, Norway. 


ISBN 978-9985-58-736-2 
140 pages

Kohad ja mittekohad. Sissejuhatus ülimodernsuse antropoloogiasse 
Non-Places: Introduction to the Anthropology of Super-modernity (in Estonian)
Marc Augé
Translated from French by Anti Saar, edited, and author interviewed by Marek Tamm

Out of stock

Marc Augé (born 1935) is one of the most well known French anthropologists today. His “Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Super Modernity” (“Non-Lieux: Introduction à une anthropologie de la surmodernité”) is his best-known and most widely translated work. This anthropological treatment of the core characteristics of contemporary Western society has become a classic work. Augé combines these characteristics in the term “non-place”. Non-places are anonymous transition places that are common in modern society and where people spend increasingly more time: airports, supermarkets, highways, etc.
Augé's work is both a witty diagnosis of contemporary Western society and an important theoretical contribution to the discussions about modernization.


ISBN 978-9985-58-726-3 
526 pages

Ajalugu voolab 
"And So Flows History" (in Estonian)
Hahn Moo-Sook 
Translated and commented by Kim Jung-Gon and Tarmo Lilleoja

Out of stock

A deeply compelling saga of love, jealousy, honor, and greed, And So Flows History (Yŏksanŭn hŭrŭnda, 1948) depicts the relentless power of exterior forces on the individual lives of three generations of the illustrious Cho family—from the waning years of the Chosŏn dynasty in the late nineteenth century to the tumultuous post-liberation era. The novel opens with a tragic confrontation between two classes: the rape of a young slave by her master, the respected magistrate Cho Tongjun. Within a year, the magistrate has been murdered by Tonghak rebels, and his two sons are leading the family to ruin—one on account of his blind adherence to tradition, the other owing to his collaboration with the Japanese. Only Tongjun’s youngest child provides hope for the future through her marriage to a enlightened young teacher and patriot.
Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993) is one of Korea's most celebrated writers of modern realist literature. She received many awards for her writing, including the 1986 Grand Prix of the Republic of Korea Literature Award for her novel Encounter. And So Flows History, Hahn's first novel, received first prize in a 1947 contest organized by a major Korean daily.


ISBN 978-9985-58-733-1 
223 pages

Poems of a Mountain Home (in Estonian)
Translated from Classical Japanese and commented by Alari Allik

Out of stock

Saigyō (1118-1190) is the most famous medieval Buddhist nature poet of Japan. During his fifty years of Buddhist and poetic practice, he became the archetype for many generations of Zen poets. A wandering poet-priest Saigyō is best known through his major contribution (94 poems) in the imperial anthology Shinkokinshu, and his collected works, Sankashu or Mountain Home Collection, preserves fifteen hundred waka poems. It represents all he left to the world.
This edition, translated into Estonian and commented by Alari Allik, gives a very good overview of poet’s work.


ISBN 978-9985-58-728-7 
237 pages

Surma and 
The Gift of Death (in Estonian)
Jacques Derrida 
Translated from French by Mart Kangur

13 €


"The Gift of Death" contains the French philosopher Jacques Derrida's (1930-2004) most profound reflections on religion to date. While continuing to explore questions introduced in "Given Time" such as the possibility or impossibility of giving, and the economic and anthropological nature of gifts, Derrida examines the concept of "responsibility" and the ultimate gifts of life and death.
Derrida has divided the book into four parts, which deal respectively with the development of the concept of responsibility in the Platonic and Christian traditions; the relationship between sacrifice and mortality; the contemporary meaning of the story of Abraham and Isaac; and the connections between religious ideology and economic rationality, which explicitly link this book with "Given Time."
This work resonates with much of Derrida's earlier writing and will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, philosophy, and, of course, literary criticism. In addition, given the emphasis on the work of Kierkegaard and on the role of religion in our thinking, it will be of particular interest to a new readership among academics in the fields of ethics and religion.


ISBN 978-9985-58-729-4 
328 pages

Tõhususe traktaat 
Treatise on Efficacy (in Estonian)
François Jullien
Translated from French and commented by Margus Ott

Out of stock

François Jullien’s Treatise on Efficacy has proven to be of central importance in the intellectual debate between East and West during the last decade. In his analysis of Western and Chinese concepts of efficacy, Jullien analyses diverging patterns of action in warfare, politics, and diplomacy in the two civilizations. The Western model of efficacy, inherited from the ancient Greeks' conception of action, seeks to attain a predetermined goal directly through voluntary and assertive action. The Chinese tend to evaluate the power inherent in a situation (shi) and transform it through nonassertiveness, relying on the "propensity" of results to take place without intervention. Jullien shows how these Western and Chinese strategies function in several domains and provides a unique perspective on our understanding of action, time and reality.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-727-0 
392 pages

Humanitaarteaduste metodoloogia 
Methodology of Humanities: New Perspectives (in Estonian)
Edited by Marek Tamm

Out of stock

Perusing the list of titles of humanitarian and social science books and articles in recent years, one is led to believe that we are living in a time of „turns”. Linguistic, cultural, pictorial, cognitive and performative „turns” are the most relevant in this context. „Methodology of Humanities”presents an overview of the most important developments in the humanitarian sciences over the last decade. 


ISBN 978-9985-58-723-2 
158 pages

Ptahhotepi elutarkus
The Wisdom of Ptahhotep (in Estonian)
Translated from the ancient Egyptian language and commented by Sergei Stadnikov 

Out of stock

The Wisdom of Ptahhotep is an ancient literary work attributed to Ptahhotep, a vizier King Isesi of the Egyptian Fifth Dynasty ca 2414-2375 BC. It is a collection of maxims and advice on the topic of human relations, written in the sebayt genre, that are directed to his son. Having lived to an old man, the king decided to pass on his experience via a collection of sayings.
Miraculously preserved, his work could lay claim to being the oldest book in the world; it offers not only wisdom, but also exceptional insight into the life and philosophy of the ancient world.
Ptahhotep's work is crucial to our understanding of the golden age of the Ancient Empire.


ISBN 978-9985-58-722-5 
159 pages

Catilina vandenõu
The Conspiracy of Catiline (in Estonian)
Gaius Sallustius Crispus 
Translated from Latin and commented by Maria-Kristiina Lotman, Kai Tafenau

11.20 €


The topic of Sallust's The Conspiracy of Catiline is the bloody rebellion of young Roman aristocrats during the final decades of the Roman Republic. It was led by Lucius Sergius Catilina, who hoped to seize power with the help of the impoverished and debased aristocrats. Although they suffered a devastating defeat, the memory of this terrible event remained in the Roman consciousness for hundreds years.


ISBN 978-9985-58-721-8 
244 pages

Mis on kultuuriajalugu? 
What is Cultural History? (in Estonian)
Peter Burke
Translated by Triinu Pakk, foreword by Marek Tamm

13.00 €


This exciting introductory text offers an accessible guide to the past, present and future of cultural history, as it has been practised not only in the English-speaking world but in Continental Europe, Asia, South America and elsewhere.
Burke begins by providing a discussion of the `classic' phase of cultural history, associated with Jacob Burckhardt and Johan Huizinga, and of the Marxist reaction, from Frederick Antal to Edward Thompson. He then charts the rise of cultural history in more recent times, concentrating on the work of the last generation, often described as the `New Cultural History'. He places cultural history in its own cultural context, noting links between new approaches to historical thought and writing and the rise of feminism, postcolonial studies and an everyday discourse in which the idea of culture plays an increasingly important part. 
What is Cultural History? will be an essential textbook for all students of history as well as those taking courses in cultural, anthropological and literary studies.


ISBN 978-9985-58-718-8 
344 pages

Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation and Power (in Estonian)
Anthony Shay
Translated by Pille Kruus
Preface by Heili Einasto

4.90 €


The first in-depth analysis of state-sponsored, professional dance ensembles.
Over the past fifty years national dance companies from Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, Greece, the former USSR and Croatia have dominated concert stages throughout the world. Anthony Shay makes coherent sense of these national programs, which have previously received scant academic attention. Specifically, he looks at the ways through which these companies spread political, ethnic and cultural messages by accruing symbolic and cultural capital for their respective nation-states. In his analysis, Shay draws on cultural studies, political science and anthropology to create a work that cuts across disciplines.
As the first book to address the topic of state-sponsored folk dance ensembles and their structures, Choreographic Politics examines the repertoires, performances and choreographic strategies of these companies within the political, social, gendered and ethnic contexts in which each company was created. In addition, Shay’s study includes a look at music, costumes, and various artistic directors and choreographers.


ISBN 978-9985-58-715-7 
318 pages

Metafoorid, mille järgi me elame 
Metaphors We Live By (in Estonian)
George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
Translated by Ene Vainik, preface by Mihhail Lotman
Out of stock

In "Metaphors We Live By", George Lakoff and Mark Johnson comprehensively and coherently introduce the basic principles of conceptual metaphor theory. Metaphors, in addition to their connection with language and speech, characterize the distinctively human understanding of the world on a conceptual level. People not only speak, but also think and act metaphorically. 
Various metaphors allusively direct our lives, and their connection with the physical basis of experience and the cultural values of human existence are discussed. Dominant philosophical concepts about truth, meaning, notions, and understanding are questioned in the light of metaphor theory. 
The book is written in an easily accessible style and appeals to a wide audience.


ISBN 978-9985-58-717-1 
408 pages

Otsides kogukonda sotsialismijärgses keskuskülas. Arenguantropoloogiline uurimus 
Seeking Community in Post-Socialist Central Village (in Estonian)
Aet Annist

Out of stock

The book explores the community-building initiatives of a British-funded participatory development programme in two centralised villages in southeastern Estonia and people’s daily experiences of co-existence in those villages. The data was gathered in 2002-2004 and provides ethnographies of both the villages and the programme.
Uniting the tradition of East European village ethnographies with the anthropological studies of development process, the author aims to present Estonian public with an anthropological study of Estonian society in the midst of recent changes in technologies of power and governmentality.


ISBN 978-9985-58-716-4 
240 pages

Essee sõprusest 
Essay on Friendship (in Estonian)
Toomas Raudam

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Raudam’s “Essay on Friendship” describes a series of chance meetings of ideas and men. Did the late Derrida ever speak to his close friend Agamben after their bitter quarrel over the meaning of friendship? Did Heidegger ask forgiveness for his ill-considered words and dreadful deeds during the time of Hitler’s regime? Did the notorious Hitler plead guilty to having given the world-famous philosopher cause to be gravely mistaken? That which never happened is commonplace in this book. The book provides a short overview of the development of the concept of friendship since Aristotle wrote the fatal words: “O my friends...”
Below the surface of the whirlpool of Derridian “what-if’s” is the moving story of the narrator’s own family – his caring father, loving mother, and their son as a little boy, grieving over his existence.
Toomas Raudam has written novels, short stories, scripts and essays. His “Contre Saint-Proust” received the National Endowment award for the best essay of 2003.


ISBN 978-9985-58-712-6 
349 pages

Ökokogukonnad retoorikas ja praktikas 
Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice (in Estonian)
Edited by Airi-Alina Allaste

Out of stock

Utopian concepts of a better way of living in communities have existed throughout the ages. Ecovillages could be considered as the 21st century iteration that is seeking solutions to the problems of contemporary communities – to the hazards to the environment and to the loneliness that has resulted from an individualistic lifestyle.
“Ecovillages in rhetoric and practice” is a collective monograph about ecovillages in Estonia and is based on sociological research. The phenomenon is described from different perspectives and the voluminous collection gives an overview of social movements, ideologies, childraising and education, new gender roles, etc. From the point of view of social science, the movement could be considered as typical of contemporary communities: the everyday choices one makes contribute to changing the world.
This is the first book in the Lifestyles series, the purpose of which is to introduce original research about lifestyles in Estonia. The editor, Airi-Aline Allaste, is a professor of sociology and the head of the Department of Lifestyle Studies. The collection is multidisciplinary and the authors’ approaches are based on anthropology, educational sciences and semiotics.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-710-2 Paperback 
550 pages

Jumalik komöödia. Põrgu 
The Divine Comedy. The Hell (in Estonian)
Dante Alighieri
Translated by Harald Rajamets, commented by Ülar Ploom

12.60 €


The Divine Comedy (la Divina Commedia in Italian) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered to be the preeminent work of Italian literature and is also seen as one of the greatest achievements of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had evolved in the Western Church. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
Hell (Inferno, 1314) is the first and the most highly regarded section of Dante’s chef d’oeuvre. On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, but on a deeper level, it is an allegorical representation of the soul's journey towards God. Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the writings of Thomas Aquinas.
Originally, the work was simply titled Commedia, but it was later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio.
In 1910, V.G. Ridala made the first attempt to translate Dante’s Hell into Estonian. J. Semper took over the work in 1939, but the times were not favourable for translation. Harald Rajamets began his translation of Dante’s Hell at the beginning of the sixties, and now the result of 30 years of dedicated labour has finally been published.


ISSN 2228-0669
398 pages

Eesti Sõjaajaloo aastaraamat I (7) 2011 
Väeteenistusest Eestis ja eestlastest väeteenistuses
Estonian Yearbook of Military History: Military Service in Estonia and Estonians in the Military Service (in Estonian) 

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The new periodical follows the traditions of the Laidoner Museum Yearbook, published between 2001 and 2007. The aim of the renewed yearbook is to share the results of high quality academic research in the field of Estonian military history.


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.


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.


ISBN 9789985587058 Paperback 
242 pages

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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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)