Paavo Matsin (1970) worked as a university lecturer and teacher; today, he is a literary critic and writer, who began his career as a member of the Estonian experimental writer's group 14NÜ. He created poetry, which he self-published. He has received numerous awards; his third novel, Gogol's Disco, received the 2016 EU Prize for Literature. He lives and works in the area around Viljandi.
In the alternative reality, Estonia is occupied by the Russian Empire, which bans the Estonian language, deports the Estonian population, and settles the area with new immigrants, whose memory has been erased. One day, Nicholai Vasilyevich Gogol rises from the dead like Christ, and a hurricane of phantasmagoria descends on the town of Viljandi. The grotesque, erudite, psychedelic anti-utopian novel is written in the best tradition of Bulgakov and magic realism.