Photo: A.H.Tammsaare muuseum

Eloquent and ambitious. Tammsaare's play "Juudit" 100

In 1910, during his university studies, A. H. Tammsaare happened to read Friedrich Hebbel’s (1813–1863) play Judith. He disliked the writer’s interpretation of the Bible story. In a conversation with Paul Ambur, Tammsaare had stated: ‘I found the hero of Hebbel’s tragedy impossibly pompous, and his Judith to have a really complicated and forced inner world, while being realistically and artistically implausible. I thought Judith’s psyche should be treated in a much simpler and more natural way, so as to create a humanly and psychologically more realistic woman.