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, gender identity, and femininity. 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.
“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