Mudlum

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Mudlum, whose real name is Made Luiga, is an Estonian writer and literary critic. Her first short stories published in the media took no time to attract attention; her debut, the collection of stories Tõsine inimene (A Serious Person, ZA/UM, 2014) was nominated for the prose award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. Mudlum has said that instead of seeing the world as a story, she considers it a journey. This is the peculiarity of her work, her focus on past, almost dream-like musings where mundane moods and details stand out, as well as her preference for states of mind over plotlines. This is how a unique world is created, described by Ilona Martson as a “chaos with a clear composition”. Mudlum is also a renowned literary critic; her reviews and essays have been compiled into Ümberjutustaja (Reteller, 2017). She has also contributed to the popularising of Estonian short stories – she is one of the four editors of the collection Eesti novell 2018 (Estonian Short Stories). In 2017, she won the highest praise in field of Estonian short stories, the Friedebert Tuglas Award for her short story “Ilma alguse, ilma lõputa” (“Without a Beginning, Without an End”), which was first published in her third book Linnu silmad (Bird Eyes, Eesti Keele Sihtasutus, 2016). Mudlum talks to writer Maarja Kangro.

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