The Bystander by Saara Turunen gathers great reviews

The Bystander by Saara Turunen has stirred conversation in Finland about writing as a profession and the role of literary criticism. Readers and reviewers have enjoyed the book: here’s a little roundup of recent reviews:

”A feminist bullseye!” – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“The novel is harrowing, emotional, fresh, original, fun and thought-provoking. Oh boy it’s good!” – Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Perceptive and fresh” – Keskipohjanmaa newspaper, Finland

The Bystander works as a vindication of one’s own voice.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

“In addition to the fact that the work starts a discussion of the problems of the art world and criticism, it also impressively deliberates the demeaning essence of loneliness and being an outsider. – – Rewarding!” – Länsi-Savo newspaper, Finland

The Bystander is an important contemporary depiction of the structures of patriarchy, of how difficult it still is for a young woman to choose otherwise, to take control of one’s own life. […] The narration of The Bystander glows in the depiction of everyday details.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

The Bystander deserves praise. It’s a frank, funny and unconventionally laconically told story about a year in a life of its protagonist, a debut author.” – Me Naiset magazine, Finland

The Bystander is a chillingly ironic, crunching depiction of art and publicity in the 21st century.” – Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

 

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an author, playwright, and director. Her plays have garnered brilliant reviews and been translated into 12 languages and performed in several countries. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms.

Her debut novel Love/Monster (Rakkaudenhirviö, Tammi 2015) won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, a high profile award given annually to an outstanding debut novel in Finland.

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

Love/Monster

2015, Literary


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary

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