The Torch-bearer Prize 2017: recognition for our three new authors’ translation potential

The agency has recently signed three new, wonderfully talented adult fiction authors, and what more could be better than to start with some good news for two of them. Leena Parkkinen and Laura Gustafsson have been nominated for this year’s Torch-bearer Prize (‘Tulenkantaja’), awarded annually to a Finnish book with the ‘best foreign sales potential’! We are also very pleased to be representing last year’s Torch-bearer Prize winner, Iida Rauma.

Leena Parkkinen’s The Decent Ingredient (Teos, 2016) is a story about the bourgeoisie of Helsinki during the Cold War; about forbidden love, dangerous secrets and, about food, which reflects life, love, class, sexuality and politics throughout this richly-detailed novel. Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards and her works have been translated into seven languages to date. Request reading materials for The Decent Ingredient

Laura Gustafsson’s Wilderness Warrior (Into, 2016) is a study of the human race: of the individual and the community. It’s inspired by survivalism, green movements, the Hobbesian social contract and notion of “a war of all against all”. Gustafsson’s accolades include nominations for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize. Request reading materials forWilderness Warrior

Iida Rauma’s On Sex and Mathematics (Gummerus, 2016) is a frighteningly intelligent and visceral novel about people in crisis, environmental disasters, about the confusing and erratic life, and the beauty and logic of mathematics. And about the agonies and ecstasies of sex. Rauma has additionally received the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, and was nominated for the EU Literature Prize in 2016. Request reading materials for On Sex and Mathematics

The Torch-bearer’s jury has now shortlisted six nominees, and the winner will be announced on 25 March. The prize is worth €10,000.

Iida Rauma


Iida Rauma is an author of two prize-winning novels. Her writing tackles notions of power, sexuality, violence, and the relationship between humans and nature – at times in essay format or narrative non-fiction. She holds a Masters in Political Science and lives in Turku, Finland.

She has received several literary awards for her work, for example the Torch-bearer Prize and Helmet Literature Prize in 2015 and Kalevi Jäntti Prize in 2016. In addition, she was nominated for the EU Literature Prize 2016, Toisinkoinen Prize in 2015, and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2011.

 

Laura Gustafsson


Laura Gustafsson is a novelist and playwright. Recurring themes in her work include oppression, violence, animal rights and the environment, which she approaches with precision, passion, irony and humor.

Gustafsson’s accolades include nominations for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, and her works have been translated into French and German.

Leena Parkkinen


Leena Parkkinen has authored three prize-winning adults’ novels set in 20th century Europe, often about people living at the margins society. Her skillful use of detail is often imbued with an element of suspense. She has also written two children’s story books.

Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards, such as Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut (2009), Academic Bookshop’s Bestselling Debut Prize (2009), Laila Hirvisaari Award (2010) and the Kalevi Jäntti Prize (2013), in addition to being nominated for the Tulenkantaja Export Prize 2017. Her works have been translated into seven languages to date.