The process of writing as mirror stage

Prose writer Andrei Ivanov from Tallinn

The article discusses the works of Estonian Russian author Andrei Ivanov. Although he has been publishing only since 2007, he has already received a number of local and international awards, while his books have been translated into Estonian and German; also, a play based on his novel has been staged in Hamburg. Never before has an Estonian Russian author attracted so many Estonian sympathizers as evidenced by professional criticism as well as by numerous literary blogs. The article makes an attempt to analyse some specific features of Andrei Ivanov’s  writings, pointing out his alien or non-belonger status, writing as his only supportive ground, the dialectics of self and other, his reliance on an emotional and congenial reader, his figurative style and boisterous energy.