Originally published during the Continuation War under the pseudonym “Nauticus”, The Truth About Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is a historically fascinating book.
Aside from his writing career, Waltari worked for Finland’s State information office during World War II. During the war he wrote political propaganda, for which he was given access to classified material by the state’s police and military intelligence. The theme of the propaganda centred on Russian espionage in Finland and the occupation of the Baltic states. In the interlude of peace he wrote The Truth about Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, under the pseudonym ‘Nauticus’.
Mika Waltari (1908-1979) is the most popular 20th century Finnish writer who is best known for his magnus opus The Egyptian. Over a career that spanned five decades, Waltari published well over 100 works, of which 200 translations have been made. His works include at least 30 novels, 20 plays and 15 novellas, as well as short stories, poems, screenplays and essays. In 1957 he was appointed to the Academy of Finland, having previously won the state literature award five times. Waltari’s works have been translated into over 40 languages.
Lithuania (Vilnius Pedagogical University Press)*