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Veijo Meri

 

Veijo Meri (born 1928) is a renowned academic, historian, translator and author.

Veijo Meri is one of the best known authors of his generation, and one of the most famous representatives of modern Finnish prose internationally. He is known for his depiction of war topics and encapsulating the senseless events of war; although elemental to his works is his portrayal of man, to which war merely provides exceptional circumstances.

Perhaps more clearly than any other Finnish author, Meri has followed his own path and begun a renewal of style and structure, which has moved him further from the mainstream of traditional Finnish prose. Meri is a prolific author, and his works include novels, short stories, radio plays, poems, essays and studies.

Veijo Meri’s work has been translated into over twenty languages.

Meri has also translated several canonical works into Finnish, such as Villon’s Testaments, Strindberg’s Master Olof and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 

Works

  • Ettei maa viheriöisi, short stories, 1954
  • Manillaköysi, novel 1957
  • Irralliset, novel, 1959
  • Vuoden 1918 tapahtumat, novel, 1960
  • Sujut, novel, 1961
  • Tilanteita, short stories, 1962
  • Peiliin piirretty nainen, novel, 1963
  • Stipendiaatti, short story, 1963
  • Tukikohta, romaani, 1964
  • Everstin autonkuljettaja, novel, 1966
  • Yhden yön tarinat, novel, 1967,
  • Kaksitoista artikkelia, essays, 1967
  • Suku, novel, 1968,
  • Sata metriä korkeat kirjaimet, short stories, 1969
  • Kersantin poika, novel, 1971
  • Morsiamen sisar ja muita short stories, 1972
  • Leiri, short stories, 1972
  • Aleksis Stenvallin elämä, study, 1973,
  • Kuviteltu kuolema, essays, 1974,
  • Mielen lähtölaskenta, poems, 1976
  • Toinen sydän, poems, 1978
  • Goethen tammi, essays, 1978
  • Jääkiekkoilijan kesä, novel, 1980
  • Ylimpänä pieni höyhen, poems, 1980
  • Tuusulan rantatie, study, 1981
  • Sanojen synty, ethymological dictionary, 1982
  • Elon saarel tääl, Aleksis Kiven taustoja, 1984
  • Runoilijan kuolema, poetry collection, 1985
  • Julma prinsessa ja kosijat, essays 1961−1986, 1986,
  • Yhdessä ja yksin, poetry collection, 1986
  • Kevät kuin aamu, poems, 1987
  • C. G. Mannerheim − Suomen Marsalkka, 1988
  • Tätä mieltä, essays and monologues, 1989
  • Lasiankeriaat, poems, 1990
  • Kun, poems, 1991
  • Amleth ja muita Hamleteja, essays, 1992
  • Maassa taivaan saranat − Suomalaisten historia vuoteen 1814, 1993
  • Huonot tiet, hyvät hevoset − Suomen suuriruhtinaskunta vuoteen 1870, 1994
  • Ei tule vaivatta vapaus − Suomi 1870−1920, 1995
  • Suurta olla pieni kansa − Itsenäinen Suomi 1920−1940, 1996
  • Pohjantähden alla, kirjoituksia Suomen historiasta, 1999

 

Awards

  • State Literary Award 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1976
  • Sillanpää Award 1963
  • Bergbom Award 1966
  • Aleksis Kivi Prize 1972
  • Otava Anniversary Honorary Award 1980
  • Nordic Council’s Literature Prize 1973 for the novel
  • Kersantin poika
  • SKS Rosendahl Drama Award 1966
  • Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Radio Play Award 1964
  • State Artist Pension 1994
  • Suuri Suomalainen Kirjakerho club recognition award 1995
  • Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation Distinction Award 1996
  • Swedish Humour Association’s award 1997
  • Suomi Prize 1997
  • The Union of Finnish Writers Recognition Award 2005

 

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Published books