Czech rights to Katri Lipson’s Ice Cream Man sold to Argo!

We are delighted to announce that the Czech rights to the praised and long-awaited novel Ice Cream Man (Jäätekökauppias, Tammi 2012) by Katri Lipson have been acquired by Argo. The State Prize 2012 awarded translator Vladimír Piskoř will translate the work, scheduled to be released in 2013.

Katri Lipson’s new novel is a brilliant depiction of people in the shadow of Czechoslovakia and reviews have been excellent throughout Finnish media.

 The novel is a reader’s paradise, full of thematic expansions, the most fully developed ones relating to nationalistic tension. Lipson tackles the topic in a similar vein to Sofi Oksanen, in whose hands nationalism and sexual desire became a lethal combination in Purge.”

– Helsingin Sanomat 21.8.2012, Mervi Kantokorpi


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Katri Lipson

KATRI LIPSON is a medical doctor and prize-winning author, whose clear prose has been compared to that of the Russian masters. Her writing touches on themes of love, hope and despair across different walks of life. Lipson was one of 12 winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature that recognizes new or emerging authors throughout Europe. She has written four novels: Kosmonautti (2008), Jäätelökauppias, (2012) Detroit (2016) Kaikkein haikein leikki (2019).


Katri Lipson

The Ice Cream Man

2012, Literary

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