Koirapuisto

Koirapuisto The Dog Park

In Sofi Oksanen’s The Dog Park, modern-day Helsinki intertwines with the past of Ukraine’s post-Soviet independence. The corruption of the East meets and feeds the greed of the West, and at this intersection stand two women. Their story of loyalty, love and broken trust play out against a backdrop of power struggles – between influential families, and between the sexes as the lifegiving ability of the female body becomes a lucrative commodity.

Oksanen moves between psychological thriller and the acutely human as she weaves a captivating narrative about a woman unable to escape the memory of her lost child, the powers that still hunt her, and the lies that saved her life. Sharply observant and a master of portraits, this time Oksanen turns her eye to the fertility business, illustrating the micro-realities of the international baby-making factories.

Reviews

  • The Dog Park is one of the most breath-taking novels of the fall. /.../ when [Sofi Oksanen] succeeds, her readers are blessed with something larger than life. With [The Dog Park], [Oksanen] truly does triumph. [The Dog Park] is an incredible mixture of love, fear, violence, oppression, hopes, and disappointments.”

    ★★★★★

    Kainuun Sanomat, Finland

  • “Oksanen perfectly masters both mood and metaphors, once again choosing a theme that gets under your skin, and executes the two-timelines storyline brilliantly. /…/ The egg donors of The Dog Park find their counterparts in the female slaves of The Handmaids Tale (1985) and The Testaments (2019) by Margaret Atwood.”

    Kaleva, Finland

  • “Skillfully told fiction that will help the reader visualize a complex reality. Sofi Oksanen is a master.”

    Turun Sanomat, Finland

  • “Good art evokes thoughts and emotions, and so does Oksanen's books. The Dog Park is no exception.”

    Aamulehti, Finland

  • The Dog Park is a cool, stylish, utterly cleverly written novel that deals with issues that are both upsetting and in many ways divisive.”

    Savon Sanomat, Finland

  • “Sofi Oksanen knows how to leave you astounded.”

    Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

  • “Sofi Oksanen’s new novel The Dog Park is an elaborate and powerful depiction of the egg donation industry.”

    Me Naiset, Finland

  • The Dog Park is a high-quality novel that reads like a thriller.”

    Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, Finland

  • “Sofi Oksanen writes in a unique, voluble and strict manner, and the story is propelled forward with the ferocity of a thriller.”

    Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, Finland

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Author
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Published
2019
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
405
Reading material

English sample translation

Finnish edition

Rights sold

Croatia, Fraktura

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Rosinante

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Like

France, Stock

Germany, Kiepenheuer & Witsch

Hungary, Scolar

Iceland, Forlagid

Lithuania, LWU Publishers

Netherlands, Prometheus

Norway, Oktober

Poland, Znak Literanova

Romania, Polirom

Spain, Salamandra

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

US, Knopf

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