09 / 2015
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Historical Fiction
Published by:
Asko Sahlberg

The Many Deaths of Irina
(Irinan kuolemat)

A short but probing novel about death and rebirth
In winter 1944 Irina is sent out of bomb-damaged Helsinki to western Sweden as a war child. The blood-stained tragedy hangs over the journey. Adjusting to a new country and Swedish foster
parents leads Irina out of the shadows of war and into the shadows of peace time and the private nightmare of a family weighed down by emotional wounds.
Irina’s Deaths is the story of people who are groping in the darkness for themselves and one another. It’s a girl’s coming of age story and a penetrating probe of life’s secret regions, an account of inborn persistence and man’s undying hope, a brilliant analysis of the impossibility of returning to the past, and a beautiful tale of death and rebirth.



Press Quotes

Irina’s Deaths is a short but powerful study of what remains to an individual when everything is taken away, even her own feelings…sometimes a surprise door opens in even the completest
blackness. In place of lovely light and cooling waters it opens to a space where something is located that we recognize as life. – Helsingin Sanomat


Foreign Rights Information

An excerpt in English is available.