Maarja Kangro (1973) is an Estonian writer, translator, essayist and librettist. Her debut collection of poems Kurat õrnal lumel (A Devil on Tender Snow) was published in 2006 and Kangro has become one of the most important voices in contemporary Estonian literature. Both her intertextual poems as well as her semi-autobiographical prose have caused a stir – she has twice won the Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award. Kangro reached a wider audience ten years after her literary debut with the autobiographical book Klaaslaps (The Glass Child) that takes an unflinching look at her emotions and thoughts about the malformation of the foetus she was carrying, the subsequent medical abortion and its aftermath, and above all about how to cope with such a devastating event. Last year, Kangro published Minu auhinnad (My Awards) that is partly based on personal experience – she ranks high among award-winning Estonian authors – and partly constitutes a cultural essay on the development and importance of awards. Hers is a style that is poisonous, without sentimentality, she has a keen eye that ridicules all human weaknesses, however, in the midst of all her shocking honesty accompanying her irony, there is also great empathy. Maarja Kangro talks to writer Mudlum.