OGA is delighted to announce that Sirpa Kähkönen has been shortlisted for The Finlandia Prize with her new novel The Summer of the Tanks (Tankkien kesӓ). The winner will be announced on 24th November.
Kähkönen is the author of the internationally acclaimed Granite Man (Graniittimies, 2014), shortlisted for both Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2016 and for Finlandia Prize in 2014. The rights for Granite Man have been sold in France (Denoël), Sweden (Lind & Co), Denmark (Gyldendal) and Estonia (Varrak).
When the world wavers, it is children who suffer the most.
Sirpa Kähkönen (b.1964) is one of the most acclaimed writers of upmarket historical fiction in Finland. She is above all an exceptional portrayer of women and children, their challenges and experiences, and the life of civilians in a time of crisis.
Kähkönen is currently the chairwoman of Finnish PEN and an outspoken media personality on freedom of speech.
The Finlandia Prize Jury commented Kähkönen’s new novel as follows:
“The Summer of the Tanks is a fictional museum of voices. Kähkönen draws a parallel between the Soviet tanks surrounding Prague and the bulldozers flattening entire blocks of old wooden houses in Finland. The generation that lived through the war accounts for the past; the new, modern generation believes in the future. It is both easy and difficult to exist at a turning point in history.”