Love/Monster

Reading material

Finnish edition
English sample
English synopsis

Original title: Rakkaudenhirviö

Published: 2015

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 441

Prizes:

Suomi (Finland) Prize 2016
Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2015

Saara Turunen’s novel is partially set in the world of theater and gives a voice to a whole generation of people who feel without a home, for one reason or another.

Love/Monster is a novel about a young woman who is finding her own place in the world by constantly changing the scenery. Instead of answers, the only thing she finds is her own shadow, the feeling of worthlessness and the inability to love herself. The novel is a kind of a self-portrait of an artist, expanding into an exploration of cultural identity, gender roles and the demand of being “normal”. The narrative voice is often playful and amusing, as the novel tackles big themes with the aid of humor.


Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi

“Saara Turnen 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.” Nytnewspaper, 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

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen has authored two higly 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 The Bunny Girl, The Broken Heart Story and The Phantom of Normality. They have garnered brilliant reviews and been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with Finland prize in 2016, a high profile award given annually by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary

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