1946. The Iron Curtain divides Europe. Previously an independent state, Estonia has become a Baltic province of the Soviet Union. Deportations to Siberia and the mass immigration of Russian citizens have made the Estonians almost a minority in their own country. The Soviet Union imposes a ban on travel. Against this background, the British BBC reporter Alan and the Estonian opera singer Johanna attempt to keep their romance intact. Their letters are intercepted by the intelligence services. Despite these inauspicious circumstances, they plan to meet in Moscow in secret.

Johanna’s nephew, the six-year-old son of a former resistance fighter, grows up amid a confusing world. At home, among all the fear and hiding out, there is no place for childish pleasures. It is thus not surprising that he gratefully enjoys small moments of apparent openness and luxury in the Pobeda 1946 automobile of an intelligence agent. He doesn’t realize that he is betraying his father. Through the story of this boy, Taska depicts the loss of trust in the new system as it gradually becomes complete.

Ilmar Taska
Pobeda 1946

CHF 21.90

Kommode Verlag
Publishing date November 2017
300 pages, 14.7×21.5 CM
ISBN 978-3-9524626-4-5
EUR 19.90

Translated from Estonian by Cornelius Hasselblatt