Sofi Oksanen Wins Nordic Council Literature Prize

This year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize, given annually for the best work of literature written in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Faroese, or Sámi, has been awarded to Sofi Oksanen for her novel Purge (Puhdistus). Purge is the first novel ever to win the Nordic Prize and both of Finland’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Finlandia and the Runeberg.

The English translation of the book (translated by yours truly) will officially be released in the U.S. on April 1st. As you may have gathered, it’s a good book.

Oksanen will be touring the United States in the last week of April as part of the PEN World Voices Festival. More information about the tour is in a previous post.

~ by lolarusa on March 30, 2010.

5 Responses to “Sofi Oksanen Wins Nordic Council Literature Prize”

  1. Yeah!

  2. I was so glad to see that Purge had been translated into English–so often I read about wonderful, prize-winning novels that don’t make it into English translation. I’m really looking forward to reading the book–I’m not very familiar with Finnish literature and Oksanen’s work sounds very interesting.

  3. Ordered 5 copies at Aunties, can’t wait to read it.

  4. Just a quick note–I’m about half way through Purge beyond being really moved by the novel itself, I’m really impressed by how fluid the translation is. The prose style and narration read very naturally. It’s beautiful work.

  5. Thanks, Larissa. As you can imagine, I’m eager to hear feedback now that the book has come out.

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