Reading material

English sample and synopsis
Finnish edition

Original title: Raivo

Published: 2018

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 270


European Union Literature Prize nominee 2019

Story of divorce, alcoholism, and attempts to recover. Faith, hope, love… and rage! EU Literature Prize nominee!

#marriage #divorce #alcoholism #familydrama #love #attraction #translation #competing #recovery

Tuuli is a struggling translator and a mother of Luna, a four-year-old girl. When Tuuli leaves her heavily drinking husband Ilja, the lives of three people change for good.

Rage is a gripping story of divorce, alcoholism, and attempts to recover. It’s also a novel about motherhood, commitment, relationships, and how people and literature are both just as tricky to translate. Three narrators paint a picture of one broken family, and one fragile lizard who seems to keep everything together.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

Rage’s structure is skillful! It takes the reader to the depths of the human mind, and then surfaces with insight.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland


Rohas has a shocking skill to show how people connect and disconnetct, how they journey to the darkness together.
– Turun Sanomat newspaper


Rohas knows her words, but even better what’s under and behind them. There’s such a rich web of subcoscious that you rarely see one like it.
-Keskisuomalainen newspaper


Rohas captures the charged atmosphere with clear and straightforward language. For her language is a tool that can build or break the world.
– Keskisuomalainen newspaper


Touching and full of hope!
– Keskisuomalainen newspaper


Raivo is skillfully structured novel with many layers, and a though-provoking story. She knows how to write the way that a lot is said between the lines.
– Kirjakaapin kummitus blog


Some books are like snacks, light and easy to chew. This book wasn’t a snack. You had to chew, taste the beautiful langueage, deconstruct and reconstruct.
– Tässa kaupungissa tuulee aina blog


The writing is beautiful, like paintings. I like it, and I catch myself stopping to stare at this pictures, then continue to read
-Unettoman kirjablogi blog


Rohas has the courage to write small. She focuses on the characters and their shattered lives rather than tries to explain alcolism in the context of society.
-Aamulehti newspaper

Eeva Rohas

Eeva Rohas is a critically acclaimed author who writes about social misfits. Rohas received her doctoral degree in contemporary culture research in 2016 with her study of The Sylvia Plath Forum. Raivo is her third work of fiction.