The debut novel by Juune Holvandus
Do you already have a Boyfriend?
Teacher Ann feels that she needs a change in her routine and grizzly
life in a small place - the school has bored her and the husband Jaak
has gone to Prague with a female neighbour.
A letter from her former friend Sandra brings fresh air she vanished from
Ann's life by emigrating to England.
"In England work and talent is evaluated," writes Sandra and promises
to share all good changes with Ann. She has only to show up...
The desired change begins.
Is the happiness in London easier to find than in an Estonian country
(The author wrote the novel parallel with her post-graduate work that
researched the adoption of the lifestyle and of the cultural context in
the new location country.)
The Princess of Kurzeme
It is an historical novel about Livonian seafarers who begin their journey
in 1649 departing from the coast of Kura in order to establish colonies
in Africa and in the Antilles in the name of Livonia's duke Jacob von
This long sailing means battles against pirates and illnesses, beautiful
foreign countries with their exotic nature, relationships between men
on a restricted territory and natives they meet in the countries to be
colonised and who have unusual habits and customs.
In addition to the black continent the former Livonia (or the present
areas of Estonia and Latvia) also becomes closer and more beloved than
At the end of the book the author makes a little historical excursion
bringing out the historical background of the described events. In addition
there is also a small marine glossary.
Popullo Boticelano is a leading person in a big bank and he plans an
imminent political career. Caterina is an actress. They are young and
in love, professional and successful. They are expecting their first child.
Only one moment destroys their happiness. Popullo loses everything…
After this Popullo sees the life without the filter of success. Mental
power and acquired knowledge have been lost. The family and the friends
have been lost. Love remains only as a memory and the economical security
has become the past.
The life continues also in the world where the food is found in the waste
bin and where there are tramps, thieves and businessmen of organs acting.
Feelings and thoughts have their place also in places where the bread
is a rarity and where the sun does not shine. Despite the position and
the cloths the human nature is relatively similar both in palace and in
The virgin of Livonia
"The Virgin of Livonia", a novel by Uido Truija embraces
the history of Estonia and Livonia from the beginning of written history
until 1991, when Estonia was declared a republic. The book is dedicated
to the Livonians who no longer exist as a nation.
The development and perishing of Livonia is a part of the whole history
of Europe, as well as the tribulations that seized Estonia. As an odd
paradox, the written history of Estonians and Livonians starts with bringing
Christianity to these countries - with which the story of their tribulations
begins as well. But is history not filled with paradoxes…?
Uido Truija is a skilful storyteller. He neither judges nor looks for
excuses - from his book the reader will find out what the maze of history
brought to the people of that time, who had to manage without the help
of great leaders or even despite of them.
The author has filled a huge gap in the approach of historical writings,
trying to tell the events through the eyes of women who lived, loved and
raised children at that time. The women described are peasant women, city-girls
and noble ladies - each one of them having their own role in the process
of history. The 13 chapters of the novel have been named after women.
Each chapter is tied to one woman: the woman having her own name, dreams,
hopes, and destiny.
Women do not give birth to their sons to send them away to war, exhorts
the author. Every woman wishes subconsciously that her son, when grown
into a man, would offer the opposite sex the same happiness that his mother
had experienced which resulted in giving birth to him.
In addition to the emotional inspiration the "The Virgin of Livonia" has
educational value as well. Even though the main characters are literary,
the author has originated from the real historical events in his descriptions
and chronology of events. Thus the novel can also be recommended to students
who wish to understand their own country's and the smaller European countries'
history better as well as the pristine nature of the culture of these
About the author
Uido Truija comes from South Estonia.
Uido Truija is known as a lawyer as well as a skilful novel writer. Before
"The Virgin of Livonia" he has written three literary works and about
ten handbooks on law.
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