first English-language edition of a surreal 1975 book by the Estonian artist Jüri Arrak, published in 2022 by 50 Watts Books.
Illustrated by the author, it tells a story about Panga-Rehe Farmstead, an old house where the artist and his family spent the summer. 'The days passed as wonderful summer days always do: we sunbathed, swam in the sea, hiked in the forest, and all helped to cook in the big kitchen. But every night, I had strange dreams. I believe you probably haven't had some of them yet, and that's why I wrote this book.'
Jüri Arrak (1936-2022) was an Estonian painter and graphic artist. His works are displayed in the Estonian Museum of Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Ludwig Art Museum in Cologne, Germany.
Adam Cullen is a professional translator of Estonian prose, poetry, drama, and children’s literature into English. His translation of Martin Algus’s The Lion won the 2022 BBC Audio Drama Awards and a Prix Europa Special Commendation. In 2020 his translation of Kai Aareleid’s Burning Cities (Peter Owen Publishers) was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. Originally from Minnesota, Cullen has lived in Estonia for 15 years.
50 Watts Books, 20pp illustrated book, 20cm s 24cm, saddle-stitched, offset color printing, 2022
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