While Tammsaare may have penned the great Estonian novel Truth and Justice which took until 2014 to be translated into English, it is Jaan Kross who is recognised as being Estonia's greatest ever writer. Kross' work has been both nationally and internationally praised, receiving numerous awards including several nominations for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
If you are yet to discover the wonderful world of Estonian literature, now is a great time to start. The chilly winter months are an ideal time of year to lock yourself away and curl up with a good book. Here is a list comprising 15 of Estonia's finest literary works that every Estonian should read at least once in their lifetimes. These books will not only entertain, they will also take you back into pivotal periods of Estonian history and give you an accurate picture of the Estonia of yesteryear. If these books are not already classics they are certainly destined to be.
15 Estonian Books All Estonians Should Read
1. Truth and Justice I (Tõde ja õigus) by A.H. Tammsaare.
If you don't want to read the complete five book series, volume one is a must!