Mihkel Mutt

Mihkel Mutt ( born February 18 1953 in Tartu) is an Estonian writer and cultural journalist.


Mihkel Mutt was born the son of the translator and English studies Oleg Mutt. He studied from 1971 to 1976 Estonian Philology at the University of Tartu. After completing his studies, he was an editor at a publishing house until 1987 and for various literary magazines. After that, he worked for two years as artistic director at a youth theater. He is a member of the Estonian PEN, which he headed as president from 1996 to 1999 since 1992.

1990/91 was Mutt Head of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Estonia. At the same time he was chief correspondent of the weekly newspaper Eesti Aeg. In 1992 he was awarded a scholarship at the Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf. From 1997 to 2005 Mihkel Mutt was head of the cultural newspaper Sirp. He's since November 2005 Editor in Chief of the most important Estonian literary magazine Looming.

Mihkel Mutt since the 1970s published short stories, book reviews and essays. His prose is characterized by irony and satire. His novels deal with the cultural-social and interpersonal problems, where it is said unconventional acrimony. In 1994 he received the Virumaa Literature Prize for his novel Rahvusvaheline mees ( " The International Man ").


7 novels, 5 short stories, two children's books, two travel diaries, six volumes of essays, and a play.

The most important include:

  • Noorte käsikirjalised almanahhid 1962-1972 (1973 )
  • Fabiani õpilane (stories, 1980)
  • French (novel, 1981)
  • Hiired tuules ( Satiric novel, 1982)
  • Rahvusvaheline mees (novel, 1994)
  • Üleminekuaeg ( novellas and feuilleton, 1995)
  • Sise yes Väli. Päevapoliitilisi mõtteid 2000-2003
  • Kõrtsikammija: Literatuur vanadele troppidele (2005)
  • Siseemigrant: Novellid Rui taevalike kommentaaridega Tallinn, 2007.

In German published by Mihkel Mutt:

  • My beloved slum in: clearings 95 (2003)
  • The rounder, the visit [ stories ] in: Edition Palais Jalta 1994