Sofi Oksanen

Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright Sofi Oksanen (b. 1977) debuted in 2003 with Stalin’s Cows, which won her the recognition of Northern Europe’s readers and critics. Her international breakthrough came not long thereafter with the publication of Purge. Translated into more than 40 languages, the novel earned Oksanen the title of “literary phenomenon” in American press and innumerable awards, there-among The 2010 Nordic Council Literature Prize. Sofi Oksanen has with her powerfully evocative narrative established herself as the greatest voice of her generation. Her latest novel Norma, published in 2015, introduces yet another aspect of Oksanen’s authorship. It is a bold entry into new landscape where reality’s darker sides are edged with a whisper of old magic.


Shortlisted for the Ambassador of Finnish Culture award, Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, Shortlisted for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize, The Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, The Budapest Grand Prize, Order of the Lion of Finland – the Pro Finlandia Medal, The French Bookseller’s Prize, Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, Shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, The European Book Prize, The Prix du roman Fnac, The Prix Femina Étranger, The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Shortlisted for the Prix Médicis, The Runeberg Award, The Finlandia Award, The Kalevi Jäntti Prize, The Mika Waltari Award, The Kristiina of the Year Award, The SSKK Recognition Award, The Great Finnish Book Club Prize, Shortlisted for the Runeberg Award See full list


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Sofi Oksanen and Pajtim Statovci nominated for awards at The Culture Gala of the Century

Sofi Oksanen and Pajtim Statovci have both been nominated for awards at The Culture Gala of the Century in Finland. The gala will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, and the past 100 years’ cultural heritage.

Sofi Oksanen has been nominated in the Internationalization category for the Ambassador of Finnish Culture award. She shares the category with among else director Aki Kaurismäki.

Pajtim Statovci is a nominee for the Future of Finnish Culture award in the Future category, which turns an eye to the individuals that will shape contemporary Finnish culture in the years to come.

The Gala of The Century will take place in Turku on October 18th. It will be broadcast live by Finland’s national public broadcasting company, YLE.

Sofi Oksanen shortlisted for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize

Sofi Oksanen’s Norma has been shortlisted for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize 2016 in Finland. The nominees for the prize are selected by a jury consisting of young Finnish readers, who each year pick their favorite authors and titles. The winning author will receive the Prize on October 29th.

‘When The Doves Disappeared’ chosen as one of 2015’s best books

The Guardian has chosen Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared as one of 2015’s best novels, calling the book “a heartbreaking tale of love and betrayal.” The novel has additionally been handpicked by The Globe and Mail as one of the 100 best books of 2015. The Canadian newspaper praises Oksanen’s wonderful characters and unforgettable style, labeling the novel a “great historical thriller.”

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‘When the Doves Disappeared’ selected one of 2015’s best translated novels by The Independent

Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared has been selected by The Independent as one of 2015’s 14 best translated novels. The Independent’s jury of literary critics praised the novel as a “finely crafted tale of two Estonian generations”.

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The Finnish State Award for Foreign Translators to Janina Orlov

It has just been announced that Sofi Oksanen’s Swedish translator Janina Orlov has been awarded the 2015 Finnish State Award for Foreign Translators. The annual award is given to an experienced translator of the Finnish language, and this year the chosen recipient is Janina Orlov, who thus far has translated more than 30 works into the Swedish language. Orlov’s critically acclaimed translations have helped make Finnish contemporary literature known among Swedish readers of all generations, and she speaks enthusiastically about the high quality of Finnish literature, as well as the increased interest for it among publishers that she sees. Currently, she is working on Sofi Oksanen’s latest novel Norma.

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‘Norma’ sold to 20 territories

Sofi Oksanen’s Norma has now been sold to 20 territories! The novel, a spellbinding and dark stand-alone, remains No. 1 on the official Finnish bestseller list.

‘Norma’ No. 1 in Finland

Sofi Oksanen’s highly anticipated new novel Norma has gone straight to No. 1 on the official bestseller list in Finland. The stand-alone novel is a dark family drama with fantastical undertones, and introduces yet another facet of Oksanen’s authorship.

‘Norma’ published in Finland

When her mother dies in a suspicious accident, Norma Ross is left with no one. The two have been constant companions throughout her life, tied together by blood as well as a great secret. Inside of Norma an extraordinary magic is at work, and it has both blessed and cursed her with supernaturally fast-growing hair, sensitive to the slightest change of mood. All of her life Norma and her mother Anita have struggled to keep this secret, and protect Norma from those who would consider her a freak. Now after Anita’s death, photographs and videos in her home reveal that Norma’s mother knew far more about her daughter’s affliction than she let on.

Sofi Oksanen’s Norma is a dark family drama with fantastical undertones. Oksanen is spellbinding as she weaves together the past with the present and introduces the compelling character Norma and her world.