Having started his literary career with self-published experimental avant-garde poetry books, Paavo Matsin has moved on to very tense and naturalistic prose writing. (Gogoli disko (The Gogol Disco), 2015; Sinine kaardivägi, 2013; Doktor Schwarz, 2011).
Loosely mixing history, fiction, fact and fantasy, alchemy and the esoteric with ironic but warm humour, his sharp, concise and exact use of words put more substance into his work than one might judge by volume alone. Matsin has received a number of prizes and acknowledgements, including the Criticism Prize of the cultural weekly Sirp in 2011, Siugjas Sulepea/The Serpent Pen Prize in 2012, as well as nominations for the State Cultural Award in 2012 and the Prose Book of the Year in 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature.
Paavo joins us at Chalkwell Hall during March in partnership with Essex Book Festival and the British Council.