The Brother

The Brother Winner of the Eduard Vilde Literary AwardThe Brother opens with a mysterious stranger arriving in a small town controlled by a group of men men who recently cheated the stranger s supposed sister out

  • Title: The Brother
  • Author: Rein Raud Adam Cullen
  • ISBN: 9781940953441
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Eduard Vilde Literary AwardThe Brother opens with a mysterious stranger arriving in a small town controlled by a group of men men who recently cheated the stranger s supposed sister out of her inheritance and mother s estate Resigned to giving up on her dreams and ambitions, Laila took this swindling in stride, something that Brother won t stand for Soon afWinner of the Eduard Vilde Literary AwardThe Brother opens with a mysterious stranger arriving in a small town controlled by a group of men men who recently cheated the stranger s supposed sister out of her inheritance and mother s estate Resigned to giving up on her dreams and ambitions, Laila took this swindling in stride, something that Brother won t stand for Soon after his arrival, fortunes change dramatically, enraging this group of powerful men, motivating them to get their revenge on Brother Meanwhile, a rat faced paralegal makes it his mission to discover Brother s true identity .The first novel of Rein Raud s to appear in English, The Brother is, in Raud s own words, a spaghetti western told in poetic prose, simultaneously paying tribute to both Clint Eastwood and Alessandro Baricco With its well drawn characters and quick moving plot, it takes on mythic aspects, lightly touching on philosophical ideas of identity and the ruthless way the world is divided into winners and losers.Rein Raud is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and several collections of short fiction He s also a scholar in Japanese studies and has translated several works of Japanese into Estonian One of his short pieces appeared in Best European Fiction 2015.Adam Cullen was born and educated in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but currently resides in Tallinn where he s translated dozens of plays, stories, and poems He s also translated three published novels, including Radio by T nu nnepalu and The Cavemen Chronicle by Mihkel Mutt.

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    1. Rein Raud Adam Cullen

      Rein Raud was born in 1961 as the son of Eno Raud and Aino Pervik, both authors of popular books for children as well as novels and poetry He graduated from St.Petersburg University Japanese Studies, 1985 and defended his doctorate in the University of Helsinki Literary Theory, 1994 In addition to novels, stories, poetry collections and essays, he is the author of numeorous academic publications in the areas of cultural theory and especially classical Japanese literature and philosophy, as well as a number of translations, mainly from Japanese into Estonian.

    870 thoughts on “The Brother”


    1. Lengvai skaitomas trumpos apimties romanas, keliantis intrigą, bet galiausiai paliekantis neatsakytą esminį klausimą - kas vis dėl to yra brolis?


    2. I received a review copy of this title from Open Letter via Edelweiss.Karma, comeuppance, what comes around goes around. There are many terms and phrases for the universal of idea of cause and affect. The Brother is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, short book that uses the plot structure of a western as an allegory for demonstrating the balance of good and evil in the world. The author himself has described the book as “a spaghetti western told in poetic prose, simultaneously paying tribute to both [...]


    3. a cinematic western translated from the estonian? yup. and every bit as good as it sounds. the first novel from rein raud to be translated into english, the brother (vend) is a short, allegorical tale of an out-of-town stranger come to set things right. raud, in an interview upon the book's original release, noted, "i at least always try to only write books that i believe the world is lacking." the world was lacking the brother, but, thankfully, isn't any longer."love springs from the ability to [...]



    4. This short novel is dubbed a "spaghetti western" by its Estonian author. Although I have seen movies of that genre, I've never really studied them as a fan so I may have missed some of the references. (There is a brief mention in the acknowledgements for those of us who missed things.) But we used to watch them at parties in the 1980's. Maybe those viewings left something buried in my sub-conscious because I really enjoyed this book without really knowing why. Take away any knowledge of "spaghet [...]


    5. The Brother by Rein Raud is a 115 page novella that reads like poetry in its sparsity and strength in minimalism, which makes the words that are present that much more powerful. Translated from Estonian, I can only imagine how much more impactful the original would be in its native language. The Brother is something like karma personified and is worth not just reading, but re-reading. Thanks go to for my copy.


    6. See on imeline jõululugu ilma, et selles jõule või talve või kristlikku traditsiooni kirjas oleks. See on lugu väikestest imedest, suurtest lahendustest, lootusest, lootusetusest ja paljust muust ning lugeja on kogu lugemise vältel hellalt hoitud. Lugu, millele tasub pühendada just üks jõulueelne õhtupoolik koos küünlavalguse ja sooja tekiga.


    7. Fine as far it goes. I'm not sure that the translation from Estonian did it any favours. Equally, I wouldn't be a fan of the best written ambiguous quasi western narrative. It's a quirky curiosity that didn't leave me feeling that I need to get to grips with the rest of the Estonian canon.


    8. I don't know what it is about Rein Raud's rather stoic style, but I keep envisioning the movie versions of his novels. In the case of The Reconstruction, they would go toe-to-toe. Methinks that with The Brother, however, you could make a better movie than what the text provides.



    9. A tantalizing gem of a story!Written in a style of a spaghetti western, this well-crafted, beautifully rendered book looks at corruption, power, and injustices. Laila was cheated out of her inheritance by a group of men, and accepted her fate that is until a mysterious stranger claiming to be her brother shows up to right the wrong. Short punchy chapters keep the tightly written novel moving along smoothly. The poetic prose and vivid imagery provide the ambiance and allows for philosophical musi [...]


    10. Thanks as always to for allowing me the opportunity to win this book. I really think I must have entered to win a copy by accident, because it is not my "genre" of reading at all. I did not enjoy reading it and had no idea what the term "spaghetti western" meant. The storyline was ok, but the short chapters did not enhance the storyline. It was just not at all realistic to me.I wanted to review this book as I always review the Goodread books I win, but feel I may be being unfair to the writer w [...]


    11. Lugemisväljakutse: Rein Raud "Vend" - raamat, mida olen alustanud, kuid mitte lõpetanud. Riiulit koristades jäi kätte mitu raamatut, millel järjehoidjad vahel - alustatud, kuid lõpetamata. Otsustasin siis Rein Raua "Venna" ikka läbi lugeda. Ausalt öeldes ei teagi, miks see toona pooleli jäi - on see ju selline ühe õhtu raamat. Sisu: vend tuleb väikelinna oma õe elu korda seadma ja lahkub, kui õe elu on korras. Raamat mulle tegelikult väga meeldis, oleks võinud pikemgi olla.


    12. When I saw the description of The Brother (a spaghetti western in poetic prose), I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I got into the story, the description mad perfect sense. You get glimpses of what's happening and understand what's going on without a lot of explanation. It's unlike anything I have ever read. Really enjoyed it!


    13. I heard about this book on an NPR show and it sounded so interesting had to find a copy. I'm pretty sure this is the only book observer read that was translated from Estonia, so I can check that off my list.Cool little story. Sucked me in and I read it all in a few hours. Would definitely be a good book for re-reading.



    14. Truly a western-style adventure which will have the reader filling in the gaps with their own imagination. Complex characters in a small novel


    15. Labai patiko! Priminė U. Radzevičiūtę - detalių mažai, užuominų daug, tekstas įtraukia nuo pirmų puslapių ir to aiškumo, kur viskas iki galo, visiškai nelieka, tačiau jo ir nereikia.



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