Student Interview: A Book Brought Me to Estonia

Maeva, Erasmus student from FranceMaeva from France arrived in Tartu for her Erasmus year about a month ago. She will master Scandinavian studies and Swedish language at the University of Tartu. While Estonia might not seem to be the most logical place to polish one’s Swedish, Maeva is confident about her choice.

Her journey to Estonia started two years ago when Maeva happened to read a French translation of the Purge (in Finnish: Puhdistus), an award-winning novel by a Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen.

How can a gloomy book like this inspire someone to come to Estonia? What are Maeva’s favorite words in Estonian? What surprised her, and what she finds disturbing here? Read the twitterview below and find out.


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