Jaan Kaplinski

1941 - 2021

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Jaan Kaplinski (22 January 1941 – 8 August 2021) was an Estonian poet, philosopher, politician, and culture critic, known for his focus on global issues and support for left-wing/liberal thinking. He was influenced by Eastern philosophical schools (Taoism and especially Buddhism). He worked as a translator, editor, and sociologist and as an ecologist at the Tallinn Botanic Garden. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jaan Kaplinski has received more than 71,111 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jaan Kaplinski is the 2,292nd most popular writer (down from 1,934th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Estonia (down from 36th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Estonian Writer.

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Notable Works

Sjunger näktergalen än i Dorpat?
Authors, East European, Correspondence, East European Authors
Non-Existent Frontier
The wandering border
The same sea in us all
Tükk elatud elu


Among writers, Jaan Kaplinski ranks 2,292 out of 7,302Before him are William Steig, Bálint Balassi, José-Maria de Heredia, Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, Jean Raspail, and José Zorrilla. After him are Karlheinz Deschner, George Adamski, Phylarchus, Wieland Wagner, Solomon Perel, and Archibald Gracie IV.

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Among people born in 1941, Jaan Kaplinski ranks 174Before him are Tom Fogerty, Yuri Norstein, Josep Maria Fusté, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, Mariangela Melato, and Federico Faggin. After him are İdil Biret, Leon Russom, Amir Pnueli, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Ghena Dimitrova, and Peter Cullen. Among people deceased in 2021, Jaan Kaplinski ranks 164Before him are Ed Asner, Lucía Hiriart, Dani Karavan, Vladimir Menshov, Horst Eckel, and Rodney Alcala. After him are Ronald Inglehart, Jozef Vengloš, Bob Dole, Andrey Myagkov, Yuan Longping, and János Kornai.

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In Estonia

Among people born in Estonia, Jaan Kaplinski ranks 49 out of 351Before him are Ilon Wikland (1930), Johann Voldemar Jannsen (1819), Veljo Tormis (1930), Hermann von Keyserling (1880), Johannes Vares (1890), and Charles Philip, Duke of Södermanland (1601). After him are Marie Under (1883), Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven (1914), Lionel Kieseritzky (1806), Ita Ever (1931), Balthasar Russow (1536), and Jaan Tõnisson (1868).

Among WRITERS In Estonia

Among writers born in Estonia, Jaan Kaplinski ranks 5Before him are Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (1803), Jaan Kross (1920), Lydia Koidula (1843), and Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878). After him are Marie Under (1883), Balthasar Russow (1536), Hella Wuolijoki (1886), Eduard Vilde (1865), Carl Robert Jakobson (1841), Betti Alver (1906), and Eno Raud (1928).