Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her forthcoming novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with the Finland Prize in 2016, a high profile award given by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018.

 

Author photo (c) Ilkka Saastamoinen

“Saara Turunen has created an Odyssey that feels updated, smartly localized, and told from a female perspective.” Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize Jury 2015

“The structure of Love/Monster is episodic but intense. Throughout the novel there are clever hooks: the structural simplicity does not mean monotony. The debut is poignantly fresh and boisterous.”  Savon Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Another excellent asset is Turunen’s skillful use of the language. It’s unusual, but not hard to understand, rather cheerfully original.” – Suomen Kuvalehti magazine, Finland

“The 400+ page coming-of-age story touches and amuses anyone who has ever had relatives or parents or wallowed in their own insecurity, the way we tend to do these days.” Nyt newspaper, Finland

“Turunen’s sentences are short and rhythmic. – – Like her plays, also her novel is unashamed. She dives headfirst into fantasies and dreams and comments on the suffocating roles set for women.” Sylvi magazine, Finland
 
“Turunen is a master of extracting the meaningful essence from common things.” Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

Love/Monster

2015, Literary


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary


Saara Turunen

Irrational Things

2021, Literary


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