Vallak, Peet

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Vallak, Peet


(pseudonym of Peeter Pedaias). Born June 11 (23), 1893, in Pärnu District; died Mar. 17, 1959, in Tartu. Estonian Soviet writer. Born into a peasant family.

Vallak studied painting in Tartu and St. Petersburg. In 1922 he became a professional writer. During the 1920’s and 1930’s he wrote nine collections of tales; in Soviet times he published the collections of selected tales Grains From Many Granaries (books 1-3, 1945-48) and Selected Stories (1955). He took his themes and patterns from the life of the people. His characters were mostly deprived persons. Vallak’s artistic style is characterized by a combination of realism and fantasy. From somewhat contrived situations and grotesque scenes, Vallak moved to realism.


In Russian translation:
Rasskazy. [Translated by O. Baryshev.] Moscow, 1968.


Puhvel, H. “Sihtjooni läbi Peet Vallaku loomingu.” In Keel ja Kirjandus, 1965, no. 1.
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