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Finland 100: The Core of the Sun

Finland turns 100 today. Although it’s the darkest and coldest time of the year, consuming the hottest chilli you can get your hands on might not be the obvious way to celebrate. Until you read this book and understand how horribly

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A bookish birthday for Finland

Finland is 99 today, and counting. Independence Day today marks the start of the centenary year. The celebrations really kick off with the New Year – including Book Finland 2017 which celebrates something Finns do a lot of – reading. The average Finn borrows

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Women’s day: translations to last all year

It’s women’s day, and time to look for the women in translation once again, at the Free Word Centre and elsewhere. The statistics are shocking as ever. But there is plenty to read if you look. Rather than lamenting, just go out

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Thank you for the stories

When I moved to Finland 3 years and 3 months ago, I barely knew the language. All I could read was the free supermarket adverts that came through the door, matching the products to multi-vowelled words underneath ( ääs and

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The world through your letterbox: PEN World Bookshelf

English PEN has just announced more support for independent publishers to publish works in translation, which is great news since the independents are the ones producing the really interesting stuff. Their world bookshelf of contemporary writers in supported by the PEN

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Finland: Cool or Weird?

Finland is this year’s guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This opens up Finnish literature to a German-speaking and global audience, with lots of great authors and over 60 translators in attendance. Finnland: Cool. I have to say, I DON’T like the

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Finns found in translation

After Tove Jansson’s Moomins and Alexis Kivi’s classic Seven Brothers, Johanna Sinisalo was the first Finnish author I read.  She best known internationally for Not before Sundown, which was translated into 13 languages. Here’s a recent short story of hers from the website for Finnish

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