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Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians
Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians

Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians

Xenophobe's Guide


96 Pages, 4.25 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $8.95 (US $8.95) (CA $11.95)

Publication Date: May 2010

ISBN 9781906042301

Rights: US & CA

Oval Books (May 2010)


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The roots of "Ootame, vaatame" "Let’s wait and see," are embedded in the deepest chasm of the Estonian psyche because, for a very long time, the people had little choice to do anything else. This philosophy is a close relation to the Spanish mañana ("tomorrow"). The difference is that the languid Spanish are just deferring something. The pragmatic Estonians are not. They are waiting and seeing. A guide to understanding the Estonians which dispels or confirms preconceived prejudices with humor and insight.

Author Biography

Hilary Bird is of Estonian and Lithuanian parentage. After a long career in public service, a search for her roots led her to Estonia. She lives in Tartu and writes a regular column titled Bird Droppings. Ulvi Mustmaa works in the travel industry. In addition to some Christmas song lyrics, she is the author of Latvian Stories. Lembit Öpik is a Member of Parliament. He is well known for his TV appearances on shows such as Question Time, Have I Got News For You, and I'm a Celebrity–Get Me Out of Here!. He is a public speaker, a qualified pilot, and an avid astronomer.