A Year of Purge
I was happy to see that the English-language version of Purge was included in several 2010 critic’s picks lists, including the Times Literary Supplement, Foyle’s Book Stores in the U.K., the California Literary Review, and The L Magazine. It was also a 2010 pick on numerous book blogs (A Book Blog of One’s Own, Big Other, Man of La Book, Read.Read.Read., Shelf Awareness, etc.)
The novel and its various translations have won a whole slew of awards since its publication, including the Finlandia Prize, the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the FNAC Prize, the Prix Femina, and most recently the Europe Book Prize. The Estonian translation of the book prompted the Estonian newspaper Postimees to name Sofi Oksanen Estonia’s Person of the Year.
The novel Purge (original Finnish title Puhdistus) is based on a play of the same name, first staged at the Finnish National Theater in 2007. An English-language version of the play (translated by Eva Buchwald) will open at La MaMa Theater in New York on February 10th, 2011. The cast will include La MaMa’s resident theater company International Theater of New York (ITONY) and Peter Franzén, a respected Finnish film actor. Theatrical performances of the play have been performed or are in the planning stages in Sweden, Germany, France, and elsewhere.
An opera based on the play by Estonian-born composer Jüri Reinvere will premiere at the Finnish National Opera in April 2012.