Mait Vaik

Mait Vaik (1969) is an Estonian writer and musician. He gained wider prominence as a member of the popular rock bands Vennaskond and Sõpruse Puiestee. Vaik played bass in Vennaskond during the band’s heyday and also contributed with compositions, especially in the early 1990s. In addition to these bands, he has also written lyrics for the best known songs by Metro Luminal, namely “Isa tuli koju” and “Palveta surnud sõprade eest”. In 2010s, Vaik has gained prominence as a writer, especially with his prose. Both his collections of stories, Tööpäeva lõpp (End of the Workday, 2014) and Meeleparanduseta (No Change of Heart, 2016) received praise. The short story “Puhtus” (“Purity”) from the former won the Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award in 2015, and Meeleparanduseta won the prose award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment in 2016. In late 2018, Vaik published his first novel Kurvake sügis (Sad Autumn). It includes all traits characteristic of Vaik’s prose: a clearly unique atmosphere, a slightly uncouth but convincing style and the ability to look at difficult subjects, such as drug addiction, alcoholism or another form of degeneration, religion or lack thereof, failure in a society built on success. Paavo Matsin has repeatedly called Kurvake sügis the best Estonian novel of 2018. Vaik will talk to Paavo Matsin.

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