Mari Saat (1947) is one of those remarkable Estonian writers who works slowly and quietly, without much fuss, but with all the more impressive results. Saat publishes relatively rarely – she has published ‘only’ five novels so far. However, her longest prose work, Lasnamäe lunajastaja (The Saviour of Lasnamäe, 2008) garnered a lot of attention and recognition – including the Estonian Cultural Endowment prose prize. The reason is her blunt and emphatic insight into the lives of Estonian Russians. Saat’s most recent book Oakesed kaunas (Like Beans in a Pod, 2014) brings together her best short stories that were previously dispersed in various books and magazines. The book proves Saat’s importance not only as a novelist but also as a short story writer. It is worth remembering that Saat has twice won the prestigious Friedebert Tuglas short story award, and both winning stories are included in Oakesed kaunas.