The Saviour of Lasnamae

By Mari Saat

Translator: Susan Wilson

Format: Multiple Formats

Natalya Filippovna, a middle-aged, single mother and member of Estonia's Russian minority, is content with her simple life, until she loses her job and her daughter requires a lengthy, expensive dental procedure. Forced into prostitution, she adjusts to her changing situations, and life takes yet another unexpected turn.

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Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

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Natalya Filippovna may be a middle-aged, single mother and member of the Russian minority in Estonia, but she is content with her simple life. She has a flat, a job at an electronics factory and, most importantly, she has her bright and ambitious teenaged daughter, Sofia. Money is tight, but they make do - that is, until Sofia requires a lengthy, expensive dental procedure and Natalya loses her job. With bills piling up and Sofia's dental procedure only part finished, Natalya reluctantly accepts an undesirable mode of income. As she and Sofia adjust to their changing situations, Natalya falls for a mysterious, kind man, and her life takes yet another unexpected turn.According to one Estonian commentator, Mart Valjataga, "Mari Saat's empathic book marks an important turn in Estonian literature to serious moral issues after decades of postmodernist experimentation. The plight of the Estonian Russians can't be a more topical issue right now in Estonia. But Mari Saat's treatment is far from unequivocal journalistic cliches. This small lyrical book achieves a subtle synthesis of natural and supernatural, quotidian and quietist."

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 30 Nov 2015
SKU 9781908251534-grouped
Number of Pages 142

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