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Professor Martens' Departure
Professor Martens' Departure | Jaan Kross
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Professor Martens is an elder statesman who has dutifully served the czarist regime. Near the end of his career and of his life, Martens is once again summoned to St. Petersberg. Traveling by train from his home in Parn?, he recalls his life of public service only to realize the terrible personal price he has paid and that he has helped perpetuate a brutal regime in his Baltic homeland.
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Professor Martens was a member of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the second half of the 19th century. During a train journey from his home town of Pärnu in #Estonia to Russia he recalls many events of his life and meetings with important people.

Martens did in fact exist but I didn‘t know him before, nor his important friends. And to be honest, I didn‘t care.

#ReadingEurope2020 ?? #ATY2020 week 2 #1001books

Megabooks Get it out girl!! 3w
Librarybelle Sorry it was a pan, but hooray for crossing off Estonia! 3w
arubabookwoman Oh dear. I have that on my shelf to read for Estonia. I think it‘s also a 1001 book. 3w
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It is, therefore I chose it but it was really the wrong book at the wrong time. You might like it though, I hope so! 3w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I dunno, I think there may not be a right time for that book. I didn't particularly care for it either. 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I am kind of relieved you say that. I felt a bit guilty for not liking it. 2w
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#WeeklyForecast 02/20

My current reads are Case Histories for the #BelowZer00s buddy read next weekend and The Voyage Out. Both I am enjoying a lot.

Next will be Before the Coffee gets Cold, gifted by my dear friend @CarolynM 💕, and the tagged book, for #Estonia in #ReadingEurope2020.

Let‘s see how far I get this week, with work starting again tomorrow 🤦🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Lots of Littens are facing the dreaded Monday Blues 😜 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I feel them coming already! Hope to finish Case Histories today 🤞 3w
Moray_Reads I haven't read Professor Marten yet but I LOVED The Czar's Madman 3w
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BarbaraBB @Moray_Reads That is so good to know since I really know nothing about this book or the author, except that it‘s on the #1001books list. Thx 😘 3w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😁I see you found (probably) the only representation of Estonia on 1001books 3w
Kalalalatja I‘m going back to work tomorrow, too, so I‘m feeling you! 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M It has been on my shelves forever. Now I finally have a good reason to read it! 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Good luck tomorrow. I am so not ready for it. Those past two weeks were heavenly 🤩 3w
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I try not to think too much about the next year‘s challenges before the current year is over, but I‘m starting to consider books for #ReadingEurope2020 that are also on the #1001books list. I‘ve added these 3 to my collection with that in mind. I‘m curious if other U.S. readers might be interested in sharing or swapping some books that work for both next year. The tagged book is on my list for Estonia, Zorba for Greece, and Magician for Poland.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve always wanted to read Zorba. Reading Europe sounds wonderful!! 1mo
Daisey @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m really looking forward to it. This challenge for next year is hosted by @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB if you‘re interested in joining! 1mo
BarbaraBB I am going to read Professor Martens too and have the plan to include some of my unread #1001books that I‘ve had for years! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 You can still join! I‘ll tag you in ten original post with the Google form! 1mo
Librarybelle Awesome! I have to start thinking about my list for next year... 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraBB Thank you!! I‘m a total fail at challenges, bc I‘m a mood reader, and there‘s certain books I MUST read in 2020....but I‘ll try!! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you, Daisey! 1mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 It should just be fun, no obligation or whatever, just read what you feel like and share them with us 💕 1mo
Daisey @JanuarieTimewalker13 I know what you mean. I‘m not setting a specific number goal for this challenge, just trying to build a list of possibilities to try and move some of them up on my TBR. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, thank you! @BarbaraBB and Daisey! 1mo
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Estonia: I loved my visit to Tallin this moning #backpackEurope @JenP @BookwormM

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My choices for #planestrainsautomobiles. Originally written in Estonian (!) Kross' novel tells the story of a man who travels by train from a small town to the capital in czarist Russia. Blume=plane & King=auto. This was a fun one! 📚✈️🚂🚙 #photoadaynov16

RealLifeReading I've not heard of your train book before. Sounds interesting! 3y
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