Birth centenary of the writer August Mälk

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4.10.2000 - Kuressaare

Date of Issue : September 20, 2000
Designer : Lembit Lõhmus
Denomination : 4 kr 40 s
Perforation : 14:13¾
Sheet Content : 50 Stamps (5 x 10)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 515 750
Order Number : 205-08-2000
First Day Cover Number : 2000-15
Eesti Post : Birth centenary of the writer August Mälk

The novelist and short-story writer was born in the village of Lümanda near the west coast of Estonia's Saaremaa Island, where, as headmaster of the local elementary school, he made his first attempts at fiction writing. Indeed, Mälk is best known for his masterly depiction of Saaremaa coast people's lives. Mälk won official recognition in the late 30s and was briefly involved in politics in 1937-40. In 1944 he fled to Sweden to escape Soviet occupation and was chairman of the Union of Estonian Writers in Exile in 1945-82. During his emigre period his work acquired new qualities and he died before seeing Estonia regain her independence.

More Information:

  • August Mälk - Immigrant-institutet /Sweden/

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