Jari Tervo 2016. Kuva Pekka Holmström.

Jari Tervo

is one of the most established and most popular names in Finnish literature since the 1990’s, and an incomparable storyteller.

Tervo slips deftly from intimately exploring an individual psyche to portraying societal, human and historical levels with broad brushstrokes. He writes about Russia and the Baltic countries much in the same vein as internationally known Finnish writers like Sofi Oksanen and Katja Kettu.

Tervo has a unique voice in his prose. He has an earthy sense of humour, and he’s fond of twisting and turning words so that each sentence is a work of art in itself. Yet his narration flows forward smoothly and irresistibly.

During his long career, Jari Tervo has been one of the most imaginative Finnish authors, with an endless regenerative capacity. His works have sold one million copies in Finland.To date, Jari Tervo has written 15 novels, four poetry collections, four short story collections and a couple of screenplays. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.

He has received numerous awards and has been nominated for the Finlandia Fiction Prize three times. His novels have been previously translated into English, French and Estonian.


  • The Matriarch (Matriarkka), 2016

Works published in / Rights sold to:

Norway (Gyldendal Norsk)


Published books