London Book Fair Voices: Mihkel Mutt, Estonian writer extraordinaire

The Baltic states are center stage at the London Book Fair taking place in the English capital April 10-12. As well as the trade fair itself, a wide program of linked events at various locations are promoting Latvian culture and business. LSM editor Mike Collier will bring you a series of audio reports from participants and visitors.

A personal highlight of this year's London Book Fair was listening to Estonian author Mihkel Mutt. Erudite and witty, his question and answer session as an author of the day saw him repeatedly refusing to conform to type or to expectations, launching into a series of delightfully provocative diversions.

Estonian writer Mihkel MuttMike Collier/LSM

    So, when I arrived for the last day of the event and saw that he happened to be just in front of me in the line to enter the exhibition halls, I considered this was an opportunity not to be missed and pounced upon him for an impromptu interview, to which he kindly acquiesced. The result will, I hope, give some small idea of the wit and originality of thought for which he is renowned.

    In just a few minutes he considers the importance of history, the fate of Europe, the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Donald Trump's tweets and what George Orwell would have thought of it all.

    It's a long time since I have enjoyed an interview as much.

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