Doris Kareva, b. 1958, Tallinn/Estonia, is a poet, essayist and translator of works by Akhmatova, Beckett, Dickinson, Rumi and Shakespeare. She studied Romance and Germanic languages and literature at the University of Tartu and is editor of the Estonian literary magazine Looming.
She has published several collections of poetry, including Armuaeg (tr.: Days of grace, 1990), Fraktalia (Ger. 2000), Mandragora (tr.: Mandrake, 2003), Shape of Time (2005, Eng. 2010), and Maailma asemel (tr.: In place of the world, 2014). Eleven of her books have been translated into over 20 languages. Kareva’s poetry traverses the liminal zone between silence and speech.
Kareva’s texts have been performed in collaboration with musicians, composers, theater directors and choreographers throughout Europe. Her literary awards include two Estonian State Cultural Awards and the Order of the White Star, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors awarded by the government to a civilian.
Vari ja viv
Days of Grace
Eesti Köitekunstnike Ühendus
[tr.: Richard Adang / Billy Collins / Eric Dickens / Toomas Hendrik Ilves / Miriam Anne McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov / Paul Saagpakk / Külliki Saks / Mardi Valgemäe]
Puuduta oma ligimest
Shape of Time
Todmorden, UK, 2010
[tr.: Tiina Aleman]
s. l., 2015