Ukrainian rights sold to books by Anna-Lena Lauren and Jyrki Vainonen

Ukraine_newsletterWorks by two acclaimed Finnish writers, journalist Anna-Lena Laurén and author Jyrki Vainonen, are headed to Ukraine.

Piramida, publisher of three other books by Laurén, has acquired Ukranian rights to her latest book, Ukraine: The Borderland (Schildts & Söderströms 2015), co-authored with journalist Peter Lodenius.

Known for her empathetic and in-depth reporting on the former Soviet Union, Laurén has received several prizes for her work, including the  2010 State Journalist Award.

Ukraine: The Borderland  examines recent unrest and political shifts in Ukraine, and the country’s subsequent role as the symbol of a new East-West divide.

”By spending time with ordinary people, Laurén understands the betrayal and humiliation felt by Ukrainians….she lived in Russia for seven years, and complies by strict professional ethics in her work.”
Talouselämä business publication, Finland

Meanwhile, Komora has acquired Ukranian rights to several short stories by acclaimed author Jyrki Vainonen, including his collection The Explorer & Other Stories (Tutkimusmatkailija ja muita tarinoita, Loki-kirjat 1999). The collection won the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, given to an outstanding debut book.

An English-language collection of Vainonen’s best stories from his three published collections, also entitled The Explorer & Other Stories and featuring an introduction by Johanna Sinisalo, was launched by Cheeky Frawg in 2013. In addition to his career as an author, Vainonen has gained acclaim as an English-to-Finnish translator of the likes of Jonathan Swift, Seamus Heaney and William Shakespeare.

”The author shows an easy comfort with the odd and disturbing, and sympathy even with his less sympathetic protagonists.”
Publishers Weekly

RIGHTS SOLD
Ukraine: The Borderland
Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms
UKRAINE, Piramida

READING MATERIALS
Ukraine: The Borderland
Swedish edition
Finnish edition
The Unknown Price of Freedom
Swedish edition
Finnish edition
English sample

RIGHTS SOLD
The Explorer & Other Stories
Original publisher: FINLAND, Loki-kirjat
WORLD ENGLISH, Cheeky Frawg
UKRAINE, Komora

READING MATERIALS
The Explorer & Other Stories
English edition
Finnish edition

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Jyrki Vainonen


Jyrki Vainonen (b. 1963) is an award-winning Finnish author who is renowned for his Finnish translations of the works of Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift and William Shakespeare. His debut work, collection of short stories (Tutkimusmatkailija ja muita tarinoita, Loki-kirjat 1999 ) Vainonen received the Helsingin Sanomat Debut Book of the Year Award in 1999. Vainonen has lived in Ireland and wrote his licentiate thesis on Jonathan Swift’s Irish pamphlets.

“Vainonen, an award winner in his native Finland, debuts in English with seven selections from three of his previous collections, introduced by Finnish fantasy powerhouse Johanna Sinisalo. Opening with the absurd—a husband vanishes on an ill-fated expedition into his unfaithful wife’s thigh in “The Explorer”—the book then delves into questions of identity (“Blueberries”) and transformation (“The Aquarium”). Sex is mutable (“The Pearl”) and comforting truths are revealed to be false, while faint suspicions prove terribly true (“The Refrigerator”). The author shows an easy comfort with the odd and disturbing, and sympathy even with his less sympathetic protagonists. The translators have done a masterful job of presenting his work with clarity. The one shortcoming of the collection is its brevity; at a scant hundred pages it seems too short to function as a proper introduction to the author. (Oct.)”

Bibliography


Jyrki Vainonen

The Towers

2009, Literary


Jyrki Vainonen

At Swift’s Door

2011, Literary


Jyrki Vainonen

The Explorer & Other Stories

1999, Literary

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