Marko Hautala receives Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for 2010

Marko HautalaThe Kalevi Jäntti Fund for Supporting Young Writers has this year awarded a 15.000 euro prize to Marko Hautala. The jury based its decision on the following grounds:

Marko Hautala (b. 1973, Kauhava) has received the prize for his novel Shrouds (Tammi) (Käärinliinat)

Marko Hautala’s novel takes place in the closed ward of a mental hospital where the protagonist, thirty-year old Mikael Siinto, is assigned as the designated nurse of an elderly male patient. The patient has committed an inexplicable murder, and has since retreated into a strange Egyptian counter-world, haughtily propagating his death cult through eerily hypnotic sermons. Mikael struggles to understand his patient, but due to his own life situation he fails to remain professionally aloof. His colleagues offer no help: dark cynicism dominates the everyday life of the hospital. The reader gradually finds out more about the patient as the old man’s wartime experiences unfold through a series of dramatic flashbacks, presenting one possible explanation for the onset of his disease. However, the writer is too subtle and mature to offer a single cut-and-dried solution.

Marko Hautala shows a masterful grasp of literary technique and his own material. He writes powerful prose where memorable sentences join together to create a stirring vision of life.

The Kalevi Jäntti Fund

The Fund was formed in 1942 by Professor Jalmar Jäntti, chief executive of WSOY, and his wife Hildur Jäntti in memory of their son, who died young. The purpose of the Fund is to promote Finnish literature by supporting and encouraging young writers.

Marko Hautala


Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the ’Finnish Stephen King’. Skilled at generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he has been recognised for his literary prowess: his first novel The Self-Illuminated Ones (Itsevalaisevat, 2008) was awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize, and in 2010 Hautala received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds. He was also nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 for Seeing Eyes (Unikoira, Tammi 2012). His latest novel, The Whispering Girl was published in autumn 2016 (Tammi).

Bibliography


Marko Hautala

The Whispering Girl

2016, Crime & Thriller


Marko Hautala

Granny Hatchet

2014, Crime & Thriller


Marko Hautala

Worms

2011, Crime & Thriller


Marko Hautala

Seeing Eyes

2012, Crime & Thriller


Marko Hautala

Shrouds

2009, Crime & Thriller


Marko Hautala

The Red Marsh

2018, Crime & Thriller

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