The novel The Little Comrade and its film adaptations take as material the true story of the Tungal family, and their fate in 1950s Estonia. Throughout her career, Leelo Tungal has repeatedly turned to the idea of writing a story about a girl whose mother has been arrested and taken to a prison camp. For instance, even in her student years the author attempted to tell such a story in verse, though this poem remained unpublished. In a later interview, Tungal has even admitted that she is happy that the story was not published at that time: “The whole event, the extent and the variegation of the time, as well as the strength of the adults who surrounded me, became clear to me only when my own children were born.”
Topic 2 / Tutorial 1
How the story of The Little Comrade reached the one hundred-year-old Republic of Estonia, from Stalin’s time.
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