As a souvenir to take home from Estonia, music, movies and books from Estonian authors are always a safe bet. Good places to buy books, CDs and DVDs are Rahva Raamat in Viru Center, Apollo Bookstore at Solaris Center and the bookstore Puänt in the Old Town.
The Story of One Hundred
Estonia is mainly about people and places where you meet them. These people and places are very different, full of paradoxes and the beauty of contradictions. In the imagination of the viewer, such meetings form a kind of collective portrait of the society at the present moment. Just this is what the photographer Kaupo Kikkas does with his photo book “The Story of One Hundred”, portraying Estonia through one hundred people, in the background of their thoughts about life in Estonia, compiled by Laur Kaunissaare.
The book is published for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Author: Andrus Kivirähk
Publisher: Grove Press
A bestseller in the author’s native country of Estonia, where the book is so well known that a popular board game has been created based on it, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is an imaginative and moving story of a boy who is tasked with preserving ancient traditions in the face of modernity.
The hugely popular movie November is based on that book.
TRAD.ATTACK! – KULLAKARVA (2017) CD
“Kullakarva”, an album by TRAD.ATTACK leads you to a journey to the mysterious Estonian nature, traditions, people and where new energy meets old roots. The album has 12 tracks inspired by the Estonian folk music including the artists’ own creations. “Kullakarva” has both faster arrangements for dancing and slower tracks that go to one’s heart.
REIN RANNAP – SELFIES WITH CLASSICS (2018) CD
The approach of Estonia’s best known pianist to well-known melodies is improvisational, expressed by his extensive experience of pop music. Classical virtuoso piano is often heard in the arrangements. Rein Rannap has been playing some of these classical songs for nearly twenty years, but much of the material is his repertoire is new.
NOVEMBER (2017) DVD
“November”, directed by Rainer Saret, can be described as a fairy-tale movie for grown-ups, and a melting pot of black humour and romance.
The plot takes place in a pagan Estonian village, where greedy and simpleton villagers have to battle Katk (Plague), Vanapagan (Ogre) and Kratid (Treasure-bearers). The central character of the story is Liina, a young farm girl, who is hopelessly in love with the village boy Hans. However, Hans is liked also by beautiful daughter of the local manor owner. In addition, Liina’s father wants his daughter to marry foul-mouth Endel…
This spring the film won eight awards in the Estonian TV and Film Awards.