Cornelius Hasselblatt

Cornelius Theodor Hasselblatt (1960) is a German specialist in Finno-Ugric studies, translator of Estonian literature, and Estophile living in the Netherlands. He studied history, literature, and Finno-Ugric languages and culture in Hamburg and Helsinki (1980-1986) and defended his doctoral degree in 1990. From 1998-2014, Hasselblatt was a professor of Finno-Ugric languages and culture at the University of Groningen. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Tartu and is a foreign member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

The (frequent) strength of Estonian children’s literature is that it surprises with its unconventionality.


Andrus Kivirähk, Frösche küssen (A Frog Kiss). Willegoos 2015
Andrus Kivirähk, Der Schiet und das Frühjahr (Poo and Spring). Willegoos 2015

Currently translating

Leelo Tungal, Seltsimees laps (Comrade Kid). Plaggenhauer Verlag



Photo: Marianne Vogel