Laura Lindstedt wins the Finlandia Prize for Oneiron!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Laura Lindstedt has won the Finlandia Prize, the highest-profile honor bestowed upon a Finnish author, for Oneiron (Teos 2015). Awarded by the Finnish Book Foundation, the prize is worth 30,000 euros. We wish Laura our warmest congratulations!

”Selecting the winning work was, in the end, easy: its voice, imagery and world were so distinctive. After giving myself permission to throw myself into its unreal world, everything suddenly became very real…The author’s ingenious way of renewing the form and structure of the novel is downright striking, and she does so in an extremely reader-friendly manner! This is a story about stories that could be true.”
– Heikki Harma, Finlandia Prize juror, musician and journalist

Rights sold:

We are also very happy to announce that rights to Oneiron have been sold in three territories: in Hungary to Scolar, in Bulgaria to Faber, and in Lithuania to Versus Aureus, publisher of authors including Virginia Woolf and Sofi Oksanen.

About Oneiron:

Performance artist Shlomith from New York, chief accountant Polina from Moscow, heart transplant patient Rosa Imaculada from Brazil, upper-crust Nina of Marseilles who is expecting twins, cancer patient Wlbgis from the Netherlands, aspiring model Maimuna from Senegal and Austrian teenager Ulrike meet in an empty, blank space after their respective deaths. Time, as we understand it, has ceased to exist, and all bodily sensations are gradually disappearing.

Lindstedt plays with genres from essay to poetry, transitioning from humor to rage – while asking her reader to contemplate the question of death’s inevitability.

RIGHTS SOLD: ONEIRON
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
BULGARIA, Faber
HUNGARY, Scolar
LITHUANIA, Versus Aureus

RIGHTS SOLD: SCISSORS
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
DENMARK, Turbine

Prizes, Oneiron
Finlandia Prize 2015
Toisinkoinen Prize 2015

Prizes, Scissors:
Nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2007
Nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2007

Reading material: Oneiron
English sample
English synopsis
Finnish edition

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Laura Lindstedt


Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize.

Bibliography


Laura Lindstedt

Oneiron

2015, Literary


Laura Lindstedt

Scissors

2007, Literary

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