Words Without Borders, the online journal of literature in English translation, has published an issue devoted to contemporary Finnish literature.
A man searches for the meaning of mass honeybee disappearances, and loss in his own life, in this moving story of tragedy and transcendence by Johanna Sinisalo.
A quiet young Finnish student is forced to share her train compartment with a drunken, tale-telling, self-proclaimed murderer as they cross the crumbling Soviet Union from Moscow to Ulan Bator in Rosa Liksom’s Finlandia Prize-winning novel.
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen’s brilliant, indescribable first novel is a darkly funny tale about a tiny town haunted by aspiring writers and otherwordly presences.
The grief of love lost to dementia and the treacherous first steps into sexual and psychological adulthood are told with scrupulous emotional honesty in Riikka Pulkkinen’s prize-winning first novel.
A postmodern Victorian novel about faith, knowledge and our inner needs by Kristina Carlson.
For what would you sell your life story? And would you sell the truth? Biting social satire from Finlandia winner Kari Hotakainen.
Birdbrain takes readers on the hiking trip of a lifetime along the Tasmanian coastline. But in this heart of darkness, some things are not what they seem.
When I first came upon Asko Sahlberg’s novel The Brothers (He, 2009), I was impressed by its taut, poetic style, its savage, …
Peirene Press, 2012
A Shakespearean drama from icy Finland by Asko Sahlberg