Has the world become bigger or smaller?

Is it exactly the size of man?

And bigger only as much as islands are islands and – men are men?

Øyvind Rangøy

Patron Øyvind Rangøy

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Photo: Inga Mölder

‘No man is an island,’ says John Donne. I’m still learning about men, but I know something about islands. The world of my childhood is about 500 meters in length, two hundred meters in width and surrounded by ocean waters of various depths. There are seven houses on that island, all its inhabitants belong to the same /big family, except the people from the neighbour’s house whose family name which came from the neighbouring village was forgiven. The points of the compass were different from the rest of the world: ‘ North ’meant East and ‘South’ was West – for life was set according to the shipping lanes.

I never thought it all to be something exceptional or strange. Instead, I thought of how strange it would be to live in a town where you would have to lock your door. It was even impossible to lock our door because the key had gotten lost long ago – and somebody was always home anyway. My uncle Klaus did lock his door when leaving his house. But he left the key in the lock outside. Locking the door simply meant that he wasn’t home, there was no sense in knocking. ‘But why do you leave the key in the lock?’ I once asked. ‘ Because there might be someone wanting to go in,’ my uncle answered.

Was that a small world? There was a cove between the island and the neighbouring cape where there was practically no water during low tide. Then there were heaps of seaweed in the cove, a few crabs moving about on it, but that low water world seemed small indeed. And then, with a daily faithfulness, the water started rising. When you put on your diving mask during high tide, you could discover a wonderful world. Those forlorn seaweed heaps became big trees now, it was a fairy tale forest in the greenish-blue water when the sun was shining. It was not a small world any more.

TV sets were of wood in those days and there were no remote controls in the world of my childhood. I knew numbers and asked my mother why the TV set had buttons marked with numbers from one to eight, what were they used for. ‘These are for the channels,’ mother said. ‘When abroad, you can in some places choose what you watch.’ And I was surprised.

Thirty years ago the first private channel reached thousands of homes and commercial ads with it! At first we were waiting for it. ‘Look, an ad!’ I might shout – and my brothers and sisters would come running. I especially remember one series of ads. These demonstrated the exotic culinary of different cultures. Then a bag of cereals for a stew was shown to which ended with a suggestion: ‘ The world is wide. Try it!’

But the Earth is but a tiny pinhead in the cosmos that is said to be so very big that nobody is able to comprehend it. Now, thirty years later, I have tasted a small part of the world. It has widened at least by Estonia where I have my own small worlds in Tartu, Tallinn, and Põltsamaa – but I communicate with people all over the world and when some interesting connections occur within that communication, people say, with a significant mien, using their mother tongue: ‘It is a small world.’

Has the world become bigger or smaller? Is it exactly the size of man? And bigger only as much as islands are islands and – men are men?

Translation: Kersti Unt

PRIMA VISTA 2020 PROGRAMME

TimeEventDescriptionLocation
17:00
Meet the City Writers
Meet the City Writers – a discussion with the current City Writer grantee and the previous ones at the hall of Tartu Public Library  Participants: Kristiina Ehin, Carolina Pihelgas and Juhan Voolaid. In EstonianThe hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:00
Literary night Narrow World with Tartu Russian authors
Literary night Narrow World with Tartu Russian authors in the Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library Moderated by  Marina Raudar. In Russian.Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
18:30
A discussion about crime fiction
Participants: writer Tiit Aleksejev, crime fiction expert Jaan Martinson, translator and lecturer of Hungarian Kriszta Tóth and Zoltan Pap (Hungary) – the publisher of the popular crime series Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor. In Hungarian and Estonian. The event is supported by the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Tallinn.Tartu Kirjanduse Maja
19:30
Launch of the Baltic states joint literary magazine  No More Amber
Poetry and prose will be read in Estonian, Latvian, and LithuanianCulture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
13:30
A literary walk in Supilinn
Literary texts will be  read by Ülo Treikelder (Tartu Public Library), stories will be told by Ants Siim (Tartu City Museum)Herne shop (Herne 6)
16:00
Opening ceremony of Prima Vista 2021
Opening ceremony of Prima Vista 2021 at Alexela LoomelavaAtlantis House Alexela Loomelava (Narva mnt 2)
17:30
Book launch by Petrone Print – Enn Kaup „Minu Antarktika“
Book launch by Petrone Print – Enn Kaup „Minu Antarktika“ at the Apollo bookshop of Tartu Kaubamaja. The author will be interviewed by Tiit Pruuli. In Estonian.Tartu Kaubamaja Apollo bookshop (Riia 1)
18:00
Meeting with German writer Uwe Laub
The guest will be interviewed by sci-fi expert Jüri Kallas. The discussion is in German and Estonian. The event is supported by the Tartu German Culture Institute.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:00
Literary night with Victor Shenderovich (Russia)
The guest will be interviewed by Jelena Skulskaya. In Russian.The Tubin hall of Eller Music School (Lossi 15)
18:00
Documentary by Enn Lillemets „Betti Alver. Ilmauks on irvakil“ (2020)
Documentary by Enn Lillemets „Betti Alver. Ilmauks on irvakil“ (2020) at the cinema theatre Tartu Elektriteater. In Estonian.Cinema Theatre Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)
19:00
A literary night  dedicated to travel books
A literary night  dedicated to travel books at the Fahrenheit 451° Book Room. In Estonian.Fahrenheit 451° Book Room (Aparaaditehas, Kastani 42)
20:00
Literary Tuesday: a literary night with the patron of the festival Øyvind Rangøy
Literary Tuesday: a literary night with the patron of the festival Øyvind Rangøy Café Ülikooli kohvik (Ülikooli 20)
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
14:00
A literary walk with Juhan Voolaid, the current City Writer along the traces of the medieval town wall of Tartu
A literary walk with Juhan Voolaid, the current City Writer along the traces of the medieval town wall of Tartu, meeting point at Barclay square. In Estonian.Barclay Square
14:00
A lecture Censorship and Satire in Russia by Victor Shenderovich (Russia)
A lecture Censorship and Satire in Russia by Victor Shenderovich (Russia). In Russian, with synchronised translation into Estonian.The lecture room 128 of the University of Tartu main building (Ülikooli 18)
16:00
A discussion The Diplomacy of Translating
Participants:  Turid Farbregd (Norway), Klara Hveberg (Norway), Knut Ødegård (Norway), andthe Norwegian ambassador Else Berit Eikeland. The discussion is moderated by Øyvind Rangøy. In Norwegian, with synchronised translation into Estonian. The event is supported by the Norwegian Embassy and Norwegian Literature AbroadTartu linnaraamatukogu saal
16:00
A workshop Is it Easy To Write Poetry? by Igor Kotjuh
A workshop Is it Easy To Write Poetry? by Igor Kotjuh. In Estonian and Russian.Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
17:00
Launch of the Estonian translation of the novel „Esimene naine. Romaan Sylvi Kekkosest“ (translated by Kai Aareleid; Varrak, 2021) by Johanna Venho (Finland) 
Launch of the Estonian translation of the novel „Esimene naine. Romaan Sylvi Kekkosest“ (translated by Kai Aareleid; Varrak, 2021) by Johanna Venho (Finland). In Finnish and Estonian. The event is supported by the Finnish Institute.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
17:30
A lecture From Ukraadina to Ukakas
A lecture From Ukraadina to Ukakas about the popular games of different times by Astrid Tuisk.Karlova-Ropka Library of Tartu Public Library (Tehase 16)
18:00
A discussion Epidemics In Literature, Folklore and Reality
Participants: writer and theologian Meelis Friedenthal and folklorist Reet Hiiemäe. In Estonian.Tartu linnaraamatukogu saal
18:00
A portrait film „Erakpoeet Marko Kompus“ by Jaan-Jürgen Klaus
A portrait film „Erakpoeet Marko Kompus“ by Jaan-Jürgen Klaus. In Estonian.Cinema Theatre Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)
18:00
Poetry night with Igor Kotjuh and the launch of his book „The Isolation Tapes: Luuletused ja märkmed“ (Kite)
Poetry night with Igor Kotjuh and the launch of his book „The Isolation Tapes: Luuletused ja märkmed“ (Kite)Music Department of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
18:00
Young Authors’ Night
Performers: Gregor Kulla,  Janika Läänemets, Talvike Mändla, Ave Taavet and Joosep Vesselov.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
10:45
Park Library at the central park
10.45–19.00 Park Library at the central park. Library services, a programme for children, 3D drawing, joint dancing, concerts and open air cinema. Free WiFi. Return overdue books without paying the fineCentral park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
10:45
Opening concert of the Park Library by the children of Karlova Kindergarten
Opening concert of the Park Library by the children of Karlova KindergartenCentral park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
11:00
Prima Vista Book Fair
11.00–19.00 Prima Vista Book Fair at Town Hall SquareTown Hall Square
11:00
Children’s programme at the Park Library. Juhan Voolaid (Estonia)
11.00–14.00 Children’s programme at the Park Library. Juhan Voolaid (Estonia)Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
14:00
Lecture by Igor Rosenfeld, Was Catherine I from Dorpat?
Lecture by Igor Rosenfeld, Was Catherine I from Dorpat?Tartu City Museum (Narva mnt 53)
15:30
Launch of Veiko Märka’s book „Vargamäe eided ja koerad“
Launch of Veiko Märka’s book „Vargamäe eided ja koerad“ at the book fair at Town Hall SquareTown Hall Square
16:00
Night of Norwegian Poetry with Knut Ødegård and Øyvind Rangøy
Night of Norwegian Poetry with Knut Ødegård and Øyvind Rangøy. In Norwegian, with translation into Estonian. The event is supported by the Norwegian Embassy and Norwegian Literature AbroadTartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
16:00
Poetry reading with Larissa Joonas and the launch of her books „Arütmia ja ööbikud“ and „Inimkino“
Poetry reading with Larissa Joonas and the launch of her books „Arütmia ja ööbikud“ and „Inimkino“Tartu City Museum (Narva mnt 53)
16:00
Open air café at Park Library 
16.00–19.00 Open air café at Park Library. Snacks and pastries made by the members organising team of Prima Vista and the Park Library. Coffee and tea are also available. Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
16:30
Joint dance Wuthering Heights at the Park Library
Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, the song Wuthering Heights and the choreography of the song have become popular worldwide and in several places people have gathered to  recreate the choreography. There are two versions of the video – one with a red dress and one with a white dress. At the joint dance at Prima Vista we use the version with a red dress. Everybody is welcome to join.Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
17:00
The Repeater Book of the Occult: Tales from the Darkside
Launch of the anthology The Repeater Book of the Occult: Tales from the Darkside at the attic of Tartu Literature House. The talk with the representatives of Repeater Books will be moderated by Mart Kalvet. In English.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
17:00
Prima Vista book fair presents: the  handing over of the books collected during the Prima Vista charity campaign for the children’s institutions
Prima Vista book fair presents: the  handing over of the books collected during the Prima Vista charity campaign for the children’s institutionsTown Hall Square
17:00
Launch of Justin Petrone’s book “Minu Viljandi” by Petrone Print
Launch of Justin Petrone’s book “Minu Viljandi” by Petrone Print Tartu Kaubamaja Apollo bookshop (Riia 1)
18:00
Meeting with the Israeli writer Etgar Keret
The guest is interviewed by translator Margus Alver, Keret’s works will be read by Anne Türnpu. The talk is in English, with simultaneous translation into Estonian. The event is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Finland.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:00
Literary night with Jelena Skulskaya
Literary night with Jelena Skulskaya in the hall of Tartu City MuseumTartu City Museum (Narva mnt 53)
18:00
Concert of the ensemble Naised Köögis at the Park Library
Concert of the ensemble Naised Köögis at the Park Library.Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
19:30
„Tuulevaiksed aastad“ / „Rail Baltic“ – the introduction of the unpublished works by Vahur Afanasjev (1979-2021)
„Tuulevaiksed aastad“ / „Rail Baltic“ – the introduction of the unpublished works by Vahur Afanasjev (1979-2021). In Estonian.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
20:40
Cinema in cooperation with the cinema theatre Tartu Elektriteater: the film Rain by Janno Jürgens
Cinema in cooperation with the cinema theatre Tartu Elektriteater: the film Rain by Janno Jürgens. The film is in Estonian, with subtitles in Russian and English. Free of charge.Cinema Theatre Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
09:45
Human Library at Karlova-Ropka Library
9.45–12.15 Human Library at Karlova-Ropka LibraryKarlova-Ropka Library of Tartu Public Library (Tehase 16)
09:45
Human Library at Tammelinna Library
9.45–12.15 Human Library at Tammelinna LibraryTammelinna Library of Tartu Public Library (Suur kaar 56)
10:00
Park Library at the central park
10.00–18.00 Park Library at the central park. Library services, a programme for children, 3D drawing, a workshop and a concert. Free WiFi. Return of overdue books without paying the fine!Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
10:30
A performance by Tartu Public library puppet theatre at the Park Library
A performance by Tartu Public library puppet theatre at the Park LibraryCentral park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
11:00
Children’s programme at the Park Library. Kertu Sillaste (Estonia)
11.00–14.00 Children’s programme at the Park Library. Kertu Sillaste (Estonia)Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
13:00
Lubok print workshop with Pavel Varunin
Lubok print workshop with Pavel Varunin at the lobby hall of the University of Tartu LibraryThe lobby hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
14:00
Meeting with  the young author Grete Kaio
Meeting with  the young author Grete Kaio at Tammelinna Library. In Estonian.Tammelinna Library of Tartu Public Library (Suur kaar 56)
14:00
A Sentimental Journey Through a Small World: a tour at Raadi cemetery with guide Kaspar Jassa 
Meeting point at the main gate of the cemetery. In Estonian. English translation provided upon request, please contact eks@kirjandus.ee by September 23rd.Raadi cemetery main gate (Kalmistu 22)
15:00
A literary quiz for youth based on the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
A literary quiz for youth based on the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan at Tartu Public Library. In Estonian. Pre-registration by September 23rd: irina.moldre@luts.ee /phone: 736 1385Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
15:00
Sewing workshop at Park Library 
Sewing workshop at Park Library Central park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
16:00
Poetry performance Three to Seven Knots by Veronika Kivisilla, Adam Cullen, Asko Künnap, and Øyvind Rangøy
Poetry performance Three to Seven Knots by Veronika Kivisilla, Adam Cullen, Asko Künnap, and Øyvind Rangøy at the culture bar NaiivCulture bar Naiiv (Sisevete saatkond, Vabaduse pst 5)
16:00
The Small World of Old Believers – meeting with Pavel Varunin, the author of the Rääbu children’s book series at the Music Department of the University of Tartu Library 
The Small World of Old Believers – meeting with Pavel Varunin, the author of the Rääbu children’s book series. In Russian.Music Department of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
16:30
Accordion concert by the students of Tartu II Music School at Park Library
Accordion concert by the students of Tartu II Music School at Park LibraryCentral park, Park Library (the corner of Poe Street and Küüni Street)
17:00
Literary night with Eia Uus
Literary night with Eia Uus. In Estonian.Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:30
Meeting with the Latvian author Rvīns Varde
Meeting with the Latvian author Rvīns Varde. The guest will be interviewed by Contra. Texts will be read by Contra, musical performance by  Eerik Kokk. In Latvian and Estonian.Seminar Room of Lodjakoda (Barge Harbour) (Ujula 98)
19:00
Launch of Heidi Iivari’s (Finland/Estonia) debut book of poems  „Tarton sarjarakastaja / Tartu sariarmastaja“ (Enostone Kustannus, 2021)
The author is interviewed by Kai Aareleid. Music by Marge Loik (piano) and Karl Kruuse (guitar). The talk is in Estonian. The event is supported by the Finnish Institute.Vilde ja Vine (Vallikraavi 4)
19:00
Theatre performance „Libamina ilmarannal“ by Tartu Student Theatre
Theatre performance „Libamina ilmarannal“ by Tartu Student Theatre.Tartu Student House (Kalevi 24)
20:00
Premiere of the documentary „Pingeväljade aednik” by Katri Rannastu ja Joosep Matjus
Premiere of the documentary “Pingeväljade aednik” by Katri Rannastu ja Joosep Matjus at the cinema theatre Tartu ElektriteaterCinema Theatre Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
10:00
The Futurological Congress: Stanisław Lem 100
On Saturday, 25th of September 2021 Tartu Literature House becomes a magnificent luxury hotel (or maybe rather a decadent small town hotel), the employees of which lead by the concierge Paavo Matsin, the porter Jaak Tomberg, the chef Maret Tamm and the literature club Ellips of the University of Tartu are ready to receive visitors even from the farthest nook of the Universe. A flamboyant and kaleidoscopic variety of events is going to take place speaking of LITERATURE and the FUTURE and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the world famous Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
12:00
Ending ceremony of the summer reading program for children and youth
Ending ceremony of the summer reading program for children and youthTartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
12:00
Open workshop of making travel notebooks at TYPA
12.00–16.00 Open workshop of making travel notebooks at TYPATYPA letterpress and paper art centre (Kastani 48f)
15:30
Awarding ceremony of the information search game for youth
Awarding ceremony of the information search game for youthFahrenheit 451° Book Room (Aparaaditehas, Kastani 42)
19:00
Theatre performance „Libamina ilmarannal“ by Tartu Student Theatre
Theatre performance „Libamina ilmarannal“ by Tartu Student Theatre Tartu Student House (Kalevi 24)
19:30
The documentary „Pingeväljade aednik” by Katri Rannastu ja Joosep Matjus 
The documentary “Pingeväljade aednik” by Katri Rannastu ja Joosep Matjus  at the cinema theatre Tartu ElektriteaterCinema Theatre Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)

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