Erkki Koort

Erkki Koort (1975) is an Estonian security expert and writer. Koort’s work can be classified as historical fiction, which is very popular in recent Estonian literature, yet his works stand out for their ambition of combining historical and archaeological material with adventurous plots. Koort’s debut novel Kättemaks Kirumpääl (2018) takes the readers to an unusual period, to 1389, when mercenary Markus, who is heading for Tartu, starts to investigate the murder of his friend in Kirumpää Castle in a straightforward way characteristic of a soldier. This allows the reader to get an idea of political life in Livonia at the time, which, like our era, is quite confusing. In the novel Veritasu Tartus (2019), Markus starts working on a barge in Tartu and becomes involved in the conflict between the Bishop of Tartu and the German order. The third book in the series, Salakuulaja Vastseliinas (2020), is a prequel to the two previous stories, taking inspiration from lesser-known historical facts, such as the Pugola Squad that defended the Livonian borders in Southeastern Estonia. In addition to historical adventure and crime stories, Koort has also written Koidik surnud postkastis (2022), a spy thriller set in Estonia in the 1990s. Erkki Koort will speak to Taavi Kangur.

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Thursday, 30 May at 16:00 Erkki Koort and Taavi Kangur Estonian Writers’ Union

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