When the Doves Disappeared, by Sofi Oksanen

Doves3When the Doves Disappeared, Sofi Oksanen’s most recent novel to appear in English (translated by yours truly), was published this spring by Knopf in the US, Anansi, Canada and Atlantic, UK.

When the Doves Disappeared is a complex, suspenseful story about life under occupation in Estonia, from the WWII era to the 1960s. It has a main character based on a real person who is a fascinating study in chameleonic machination.

Here are some of the reviews:

“A piercing look at characters striving to retain their humanity amid fear, violence, and secrecy.” – The New Yorker

“This is powerful fiction that stirs history, war crimes, and psychology into a compelling mix.” –  Booklist

“Oksanen depicts civilian life in wartime and under communist oppression in rich Doves Anansihistorical detail, skillfully manipulating chronology and threading clues subtly throughout the narrative as suspense builds. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal (*starred review)

“A brave and important voice from the ex-communist world… Betrayal, secrecy and memory are the haunting themes of Sofi Oksanen’s accomplished new novel.” – The Economist

I also recommend it.

U.S. cover by Kelly Blair. Canadian and UK cover by Richard Evans.

~ by lolarusa on July 16, 2015.

One Response to “When the Doves Disappeared, by Sofi Oksanen”

  1. ty, I will look forward to this!

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