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Join us as we sit down with the finest literary minds of Finland to discuss the qualities and quirks of Finnish literature and other literary topics!

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Join us as we sit down with the finest literary minds of Finland to discuss the qualities and quirks of Finnish literature and other literary topics!

    Home

    Home

    What does "home" mean for us today? In our hectic and confusing modern world, it often seems like one doesn’t even need to experience natural disasters, wars or other terrible misfortunes to feel displaced and lacking of identity. In season's final episode before the summer break, bestselling Finnish author Merja Mäki discusses the trauma of displacement in her debut novel ⁠Before the Birds⁠, as well as the various notions of home.

    • 32 min
    The Life (Un)Lived

    The Life (Un)Lived

    What drives people to continue on living even in the worst of circumstances? Environmentalist and awarded author Juha Kauppinen has written about nature and environmental movement for two decades. Yet, he is still often asked the same old question: why is it important? In the new Literature from Finland episode, the author discusses the diversity of life, Kurt Vonnegut, and the integrity of action and hope.

    • 38 min
    The Art of Memory

    The Art of Memory

    How can writing help in the process of remembering? With her debut The Body of Evidence, the winner of the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, Susanna Hast, brought autotheoretical literature to the Finnish literary scene, and posed the question: how to write out the truth in order to regain humanity? In the new Literature from Finland episode, the author discusses autotheoretical narration and literature of remembering.

    • 27 min
    Times

    Times

    How does one write entertaining historical fiction? Ann-Christin Antell found a way to the hearts of wide readership with her commercial historical romance, the Cotton Mill trilogy. In the new Literature from Finland episode, the author discusses the exciting history of the city of Turku and reaching her audience with writing about times past.

    • 19 min
    Experiment

    Experiment

    Do authors today still experiment to push boundaries, or simply out of boredom? Throughout their respective careers, writers Laura Lindstedt and Sinikka Vuola have been interested in experimenting with form and language. In 2022, together they published an Oulipo-inspired murder mystery 101 Ways to Kill Your Husband – a piece of sheer joy and fascination for readers, writers and translators. In our new episode, authors discuss literary experiments, possibilities, and... revenge.

    • 37 min
    Shame

    Shame

    Do Finns, a stereotypically shy nation, feel more shame than others? In the new episode, author Antti Rönkä, whose debut novel Off the Ground (2019) encouraged a public discussion in Finland about the mostly unspoken side of young men, discusses shame as a subject in literature, the lure of autofiction, as well as unexpectedly good sides of shamefulness.

    • 29 min

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