Estonia

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The Darkest Corner of the World By Urve Tamberg

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Who can you turn to when the only choice is between two evils? 
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Madli hopes that the Soviet occupation of Estonia is only temporary, but when the neighbours, along with thousands of others, are deported, she knows that their lives are in danger. She longs for the safety of her grandparents' farm. Days later, the Nazis invade her country. Friends and family find themselves divided as they try to choose which dictator they'd rather live under - Hitler or Stalin. Madli is horrified by either choice, but how long can she remain neutral? Every day brings new dangers and unimaginable decisions. In order to survive, Madli knows she can't fight the enemy, so she is determined to outwit them. 


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Treading Air by Jaan Kross

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Treading Air follows the life of Ullo Paerand through 30 years of violent political upheaval. Abandoned by his father as a child, he grows up to become an electoral assistant to the parliamentary office in Tallinn and it is in this position that Ullo witnesses first the Soviet and then the German occupation of Estonia. Forced out of his honest profession Ullo becomes involved with the Resistance but, when many Estonians flee the country, he chooses to remain. An interlude of a decade shows much has changed since the end of the War; Soviet influence is marked in the style of government and the manner of the people. The narrative unfolds in stories imparted to an unknown "author" by a 70-year-old Ullo. Just before the end, however, Kross introduces a teasing ambiguity: Ullo dies before he is able to answer the last question about his life.