Log In

Enn Soosaar Edit Profile

literary critic , translator

Enn Soosaar, Estonian Translator, literary critic. Recipient Merited Literator of Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, 1988, Annual award for best translation Estonian Writers' Union, 1989, Annual award Loooming, literature manager, 1976, 83, 89, Sirp ja Vasar, literature paper, 1981. Member Estonian Writers' Union (chairman translation board l987-), International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association.

Background

Soosaar, Enn was born on February 13, 1937 in Tallinn, Estonia. Son of Albert and Ada (Grünberg) Soosaar.

Education

Diploma in English Philology cum laude, Tartu University, Estonia, 1964.

Career

Soosaar translated the works of many American authors, including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow into Estonian and was instrumental in introducing American literature to an Estonian audience. Soosaar was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Tallinn. In February 1997, the Order of the National Coat of Arms, Class IV was bestowed on him.

From 1944 to 1951, Soosaar studied at Hageri's 7-grade school, after which he attended high school from 1951 to1954 at Tallinn's Second Gymnasium. From 1955 to 1956, he studied at the Tallinn Correspondence School. In 1964, he graduated from the distance education program at the Tartu State University with a degree in English philology.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Translator into Estonian works of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thornton Wilder, I.B. Singer, John Cheever, Saul Bellow, Truman Capote, E.L. Doctorow, John Updike, John Gardner, Joan Didion, Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, others. Contributor over 100 articles, essays, introductions, and forewards to professional journals. Reviewer 150 books translation into Estonian to literature newspapers.

Membership

Member Estonian Writers' Union (chairman translation board l987-), International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association.

Connections

father:
Albert Soosaar

mother:
Ada (Grünberg) Soosaar