Erling Kagge

Erling Kagge (1963) is a Norwegian explorer, mountaineer, lawyer, art collector, politician, model, and author. In 1994, he became the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge by foot, reaching the North Pole, the South Pole, and Mount Everest. He is also the first person to reach the North Pole and the South Pole unsupported. After these achievements, Erling Kagge went to the University of Cambridge to study philosophy and founded Kagge Forlag that has become a lead- ing publishing house in Norway. Last year, one of his bestsellers, the self-help book Silence: In the Age of Noise was published in Estonian. As the title alludes, it is a meditation on silence – how to find silence in the world and from within. On the one hand, the book has a strong link to Kagge’s incredibly adventurous life, because according to him, the Antarctic is the most silent place he has ever visited, despite the fact that silence can also be found in a major city. On the other hand, the book is also about internal silence that is most audible when we
are alone. Kagge, who has been called an adventuring philosopher and a philosophising adventurer, will talk to Estonia’s very own Kagge, the businessman, traveller and writer Tiit Pruuli.

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