Estonian writer Peeter Sauter has won this year's Baltic Assembly prize for literature, which was handed out by judges in Riga for his autobiographical novel "Do Not Leave Me Alone."
The 52-year-old, noted for much original short prose and travel writing as well as translations into Estonian of Beat Generation classics like Kerouac's "On the Road," beat out Romualdas Granauskas of Lithuania and a group of writers from Latvia called Orbita.
The jury said Sauter's texts were gripping due to their human, pathos-free attitude, masterful rendering of both dialogue and internal monologue with great psychological depth.
The voting was by secret ballot and the literature jury members were Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Vytautas Martinkus (Lithuania), and Ieva Kolmane (Latvia). Arts and science awards are also handed out; these went to Latvian and a Lithuanian, respectively.