Sofi Oksanen - Author

About the Author

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright. Purge was her first novel to appear in English. She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, the Prix Femina, the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Helsinki.

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Norma

Norma

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The hair-raising mash-up of feminist X-Men, gothic fairy tale, family saga and biting social criticism that is taking Europe by storm. When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realise that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining.

Purge

Purge

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

A blowfly. Unusually large, loud, and eager to lay its eggs. It was lying in wait to get into the kitchen, rubbing its wings and feet against the curtain as if preparing to feast. It was after meat, nothing else but meat. Deep in an overgrown Estonian forest, two women, one young, one old, are hiding. Zara, a murderer and a victim of sex-trafficking, is on the run from brutal captors. Aliide, a communist sympathizer and a blood traitor, has endured a life of abuse and the country's brutal Soviet years. Their survival now depends on exposing the one thing that kept them hidden... the truth.

Norma

Norma

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, comes a deliciously dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty. When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realise that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining.

Norma

Norma

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

From the internationally best-selling author of Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, a spellbinding new novel set in present-day Helsinki, about a young woman with a fantastical secret who is trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death. When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma's world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty.

Purificare

Purificare

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Sofi Oksanen este cea mai importanta scriitoare finlandeza contemporana iar Purificare cel mai cunoscut roman al sau.Cartea a fost tradusa in 41 de tari si a fost recompensata cu peste 10 premii literare importante intre care si prestigiosul Femina Etranger (2010).Romanul Purificare construieste o complexa drama de familie pe fundalul Estoniei rurale din timpul dictaturii sovietice si apoi din anii ‘90 detaliind consecintele pe care le au abuzurile si violentele unui regim represiv. Aliide Truu isi traieste batranetile in singuratate la marginea unui sat depopulat pregatindu-si leacurile si muraturile si ascultand radioul cand in curtea ei apare peste noapte o fata necunoscuta vorbind o estoniana invechita cu accent rusesc. Fata este o fugara iar din gesturile nervoase si speriate din povestile pe care le spune Aliide recunoaste in tanara speriata o victima a unor violente ce-i evoca dureros traume asemanatoare pe care la randul ei a trebuit sa le indure si sa le tainuiasca pentru a ramane in viata. Pe masura ce Aliide si Zara se apropie tot mai mult legaturile dintre ele ies la lumina dezvaluind amintiri reprimate si constientizarea unui rau ce continua sa faca victime mult timp dupa ce radacina sa a disparut.

Ziua cand au disparut porumbeii

Ziua cand au disparut porumbeii

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

O poveste cutremuratoare despre ocupatie, rezistenta si colaborationism intr-o Estonie devastata de cel de-al Doilea Razboi Mondial. Romanul urmareste destinele sinuoase a trei personaje aruncate fara veste in aceasta lume haotica: Roland, un luptator pentru independenta principial; varul lui, Edgar, pregatit sa faca aproape orice pentru a-si ascunde secretele si a-si pastra relatiile cu puternicii zilei; si sotia lui Edgar, Juudit, care este sfasiata intre iubirea pentru un ofiter german, teama de a se intoarce la casnicia ei nefericita si relatia cu idealistul Roland.

When the Doves Disappeared

When the Doves Disappeared

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2015

1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men are fleeing from the Red Army - Roland, a fiercely principled freedom fighter, and his slippery cousin Edgar. When the Germans arrive, Roland goes into hiding; Edgar abandons his unhappy wife, Juudit, and takes on a new identity as a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime... 1963: Estonia is again under Communist control, independence even further out of reach behind the Iron Curtain. Edgar is now a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past life and stay close to those in power. But his fate remains entangled with Roland's, and with Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth... In a masterfully told story that moves between the tumult of these two brutally repressive eras - a story of surveillance, deception, passion, and betrayal - Sofi Oksanen brings to life both the frailty, and the resilience, of humanity under the shadow of tyranny.

Purge

Purge

Author: Sofi Oksanen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Deep in an Estonian forest, two women, one young, one old, are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors - men who know how to punish a woman. Aliide offers refuge but not safety: she has her own criminal secrets - traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country's brutal Soviet years. Both women have survived lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth. A haunting, intimate and gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and retribution against a backdrop of Soviet oppression and European war.

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