Born in Tallinn in 1947, Mari Saat is an Estonian economist and writer who has published four novels plus a number of short story collections, children’s books and non-fiction works. She has received many awards since releasing her first collection of short stories (Katastroof) in 1973, including the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Prose Award in 1992, 1999 and 2008 — the latter for her novel Lasnamäe lunastaja (The Saviour of Lasnamäe), which has now been translated into English by Vagabond Voices. Saat is known for her sharp social analyses and existential explorations. She teaches business ethics at the Tallinn University of Technology.
Her books have been translated into several languages, and The Saviour of Lasnamäe into Russian and Finnish.