By Andrus Kivirähk

ISBN-10: 0802124127

ISBN-13: 9780802124128

A bestseller within the author’s local nation of Estonia, the place the e-book is so popular well known board video game has been created in accordance with it, the fellow Who Spoke Snakish is the ingenious and relocating tale of a boy who's tasked with holding historic traditions within the face of modernity.

Set in a fantastical model of medieval Estonia, the fellow Who Spoke Snakish follows a tender boy, Leemet, who lives along with his hunter-gatherer family members within the wooded area and is the final speaker of the traditional tongue of snakish, a language that permits its audio system to command all animals. however the wooded area is steadily emptying as progressively more humans depart to settle in villages, the place they holiday their backs tilling the land to develop wheat for his or her “bread” (which Leemet has been instructed tastes terrible) and the place they pray to a god very varied from the spirits worshipped within the forest’s sacred grove. With lothario bears who wordlessly seduce girls, an immense louse with a penchant for swimming, a mythical flying frog, and a tender charismatic viper named Ints, the guy Who Spoke Snakish is a unconditionally creative novel for readers of David Mitchell, Sjón, and Terry Pratchett.

Praise for the guy Who Spoke Snakish:

“This fantastical Bildungsroman has the texture of a vintage. It’s a yarn in each feel of the word—a bit Tin Drum, a bit the place the Wild issues Are, and with a forged of speaking snakes, bears, lice, and primates, greater than a bit Watership Down . . . the radical shines . . . Readers who're charmed through the realm Kivirähk creates the following, by means of the ingenious breadth and offbeat characters, can be happy simply inhabiting this global for 450 pages. credits is due, too, to the translator and editor, who've made the English suppose regularly average, readable, authentic.”—New York magazine of Books

“This translated Estonian treasure follows the adventures of a boy who's the final closing speaker of Snakish, an old language through which he can command any animal.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Epic, fantastical . . . so much incredible is the artistic imagery, from lice crossbred big enough to be ridden via humans to a legless flying savior who swoops around the chilly sea to bludgeon knights and clergymen . . . Kivirähk’s well-plotted tale of language, loss, and fanaticism speaks powerfully to our world’s ever current conflicts.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Lots of enjoyable right here, with seductive bears, flying frogs, and a viper named Ints, yet Kivirähk is additionally considering the risks of battle, colonization (particularly Christianity’s breakdown of conventional belief), and idealizing the prior. a massive bestseller in Europe, with that ever-popular medieval/fantastical setting.”—Library Journal

“This allegorical tale spins a component of wistful eager for somebody who has struggled among the outdated and the hot, its classes as correct at the present time as ever.”—Booklist

“The guy Who Spoke Snakish interrogates not just the literary common sense of the allegorical mode but in addition the connection we have—as members and as readers—to the dueling lures of culture and alter . . . one of those bucolic Bildungsroman . . . Kivirähk offers a compelling and creaturely backdrop for the warring points of Leemet’s coming-of-age, characters who embrace points of the far-off earlier, the painful current, and the damaging destiny . . . I felt pressured to proceed studying within the sure wisdom that I’d quickly bump into a scene of serious energy and sweetness or an elegantly aphoristic flip of word. notwithstanding possibly set 1000's of years ahead of our personal time, Leemet’s fight is still anything of a microcosm of our own.”—Words with out Borders

“Kivirähk’s writing, tender and forthright, childlike and sarcastic all whilst, pokes enjoyable in any respect different types of grandiosity, and is given intensity via his impressive mind's eye, his nice urge for food, and his continually reck much less perspective. the right way to describe the ebook? think it's the finish of the realm, and Tolkien, Beckett, Mark Twain, and Miyazaki (with Icelandic sagas and Asterix comedian books filled lower than their fingers) have gotten jointly in a cabin to drink and inform tales round the final bonfire the area will ever see.”—Le journal Littéraire

“The first nice expertise of this younger Estonian writer is to make us snort approximately advanced topics . . . every thing is of a amazing readability and immediacy, as though we had realized to talk snakish with out knowing it. . . . The humorousness and the imagery resembles a picture novel or lively movie. . . . most likely the best modern novels approximately what it ability to be on my own. . . . impressive in all senses of the word.”—Le Monde

“Somewhere close to the nation-states of myth and technological know-how fiction there exists a way more exciting and allegorical kind of writing, bending the foundations of the style to fit itself: Atwood’s admonitory novels, Vonnegut’s makes an attempt to arrive outdoors the limits of fact and time, Bradbury’s philosophical allegory encased inside a science-fiction tale, and so forth. the guy Who Spoke Snakish is an allegory approximately fading eras and vanishing worlds, and laced with an exceptional dose of black humor to boot.”—Jürgen Rooste, Estonian cultural critic

"The irreverent and humorous Estonian author Andrus Kivirähk has written a massive novel, a mystifying treasure of a e-book. it is going to provide you with a raging wish to stopover at his domestic state. Is it a pseudo-fairytale during which animals and people don't simply consult one another, yet construct nice friendships or even romances—or a liturgical lampoon rewritten through a naturalist present process a main issue of religion? We can’t say evidently. the one plan of action is to stick with within the steps of Leemet, the hero of this event tale, a tender guy who has mastered the language of snakes.”—Psychologies Magazine

"Kivirähk has taken care to take away from his textual content each particular chronological or geographical reference, which supplies his publication the nature of a myth, whatever undying. In a manner that's completely interesting, he throws a gentle at the Estonian global for the reader who's blind to that country’s specific ancient context. the guy Who Spoke Snakish is a brilliant novel, a kind of vital books that speaks on your soul in its personal language and which marks a milestone in your own examining historical past and within the improvement of your opinions.”—Blog des Bouquins

"A novel within which there is not any downtime and that's nice enjoyable to learn . . . a sad and deeply political paintings, yet one within which shards of laughter look forward to on each web page . . . it really is strong, it's attractive, you'll learn it in a single sitting, it radiates intelligence, it’s a unique that given that 2007 has been a break hit in Estonia and has even been increased to the ranks of the classics through an entire iteration there. it's a precise literary miracle due to which you'll end up taking a look up on the sky within the desire of seeing the apocalyptic flight of the legendary Frog of the North.”—L’Ivre de Lire

"This novel is completely strange; it has an analogous strangeness as l. a. Locura de Dios through Juan Miguel Aguilera or chilly dermis through Albert Sanchez Piñol. the writer talks approximately Estonia (his nation) within the thirteenth century, while “iron men” invaded the rustic on a campaign. It jumps among philosophical delusion, political pamphlet, and Nordic saga, when it comes to a few epic outbursts of violence.”—
About the Author
Andrus Kivirahk is one in all Estonia's so much very popular modern writers. A journalist by means of occupation, he's recognized for his satirical newspaper columns and his bestselling novels. a favored board video game has been created at the foundation of his novel "The guy Who Spoke Snakish," that is his first publication ever to seem in English. He lives in Tallinn, Estonia. Christopher Moseley is a translator of Estonian and Latvian. He teaches at college university London and is Treasurer of the root for Endangered Languages.

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