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Written under the name of his literary alter ego Anton Nigov, Tonu Onnepalu's Exercises is an unclassifiable work, part searingly honest confession, part keen-eyed journal of everyday reality in a foreign land, part writer's unsparing dialogue with himself as he stands on the threshold of two worlds: the cosmopolitan but alienating Paris he is about to depart and the "small culture" of his native Estonia.

Family histories and narratives of wartime and Soviet Estonia alternate with meditations on writing, reading, fiction, poetry and poets major and minor, personal and cultural geographies, time and the irremediable, life as the history of one's physical traumas, the islands where the author has lived and those which he dreams of visiting, and above all the existential condition of coming from a small country, whose melancholy landscapes and abandoned villages form the very cartography of the writer's self.

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Dalkey Archive Press
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