Renate’s Story

Reading material

Finnish manuscript
English sample & synopsis
German manuscript

Original title: Iron Sky: Renaten tarina

Published: 2018

Publisher: Johnny Kniga

Class/genre: Fantasy & S/F

Pages: ~330 pp.

The story of a young woman, surrounded by a world at war, who lives in the middle of hostile forces in a Nazi fortress on the dark side of the moon

Renate’s Story is based on earlier versions of the original Iron Sky screenplay, and on the background research conducted by author Johanna Sinisalo, who led the film’s original story team. The novel will be launched simultaneously with the premiere of Iron Sky: The Coming Race in 2018.

Renate’s Story is a completely independent work and contains pitch-black humor narrating the ways in which its main character, Renate Richter – raised on the National Socialist values of the 1940s – regards the cultures and habits of those inhabiting the distant Planet Earth.

Rights sold (Renate’s Story):
FINLAND, Johnny Kniga/WSOY
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media

In the press:

”This novel that plays with codes and falls under the genre of comedy and satire was written in the margins of Iron Sky.” – François Rahier, Sud-Ouest Dimanche, France

”Pushing further the reflection on the absurdity of our world, and disguising it as a slightly burlesque comedy, Johanna Sinisalo draws a ruthless statement on the perverse and self-destructive effects of our civilization’s abuse and blindness.” – Meriem Djebli, Lire, France

“A great political and acerbic fable from the pen of an excellent ecological left-wing novelist.” – L’Incorrect, France

”An unlikely and crazy cocktail that tasted good in the heart of summer.” – L’Opinion, France


Editorial praise:

“Johanna Sinisalo’s playful handling of ancient or modern mythology, sci-fi fantasy and what we call reality has made her an absolutely unique and remarkable literary voice. I am sure that Renate’s Story, the novelization of the hilarious movie Iron Sky, is going to be a crazy, funny and brilliant piece of literature.” – Tom Kraushaar, Publisher, Klett-Cotta

“Nazis on the Moon, I love it! As always, Johanna Sinisalo is off the beaten track with a novel that completely defies categories. Renate’s Story is abundant, intelligent, tasty, funny and full of twists and turns. And a real defense of freedom and democracy,” – Hege Roel Rousson, editor, Actes Sud

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.


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The Glass-Eye

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