The Blackbird

Original title: Mustarastas

Published: 2019 September

Publisher: WSOY

Class/genre: Literary

Pages: 170

A heart-gripping story of loss, letting go, and of hope that won’t fade away – based on a true story.

In August 1989 a young man goes on a cruise boat with his friends, and disappears.  The only thing that returns is a yellow backpack and endless sorrow. The tragedy changes the lives of the whole family. Uncertainty of the brother’s fate makes his little sister ask even years later, what happened on that night on M/S Fennia?

The sister, grown up with the trauma, returns to the memories of past with hope to finally be able to say goodbye.


Rights sold:

ARABIC: Sefsafa Publishing


“The Blackbird is beautiful and whole, and I couldn’t read even a page without tears in my eyes.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper


“The blackbird is a serene and beutiful story. Nousiainen writes fantastically, texts is full of sharp notions and fragile emotions. Intimate, gentle and bittersweet.” – Kirjaluotsi blog


“This minimalistic story has magical feeling as our days are filled with noise, business and constant flow of information. It feels revolutionary. Calmly, gently and every moment and sentence at a time it paints a picture of one life, a picture of all lives.” – Helmi Kekkonen blog


“Nousiainen manages to describe a private loss in way it feel like universal sorrow. There’s something very personal, but something very familiar in it.” – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper


The loved ones always leave a mark in one’s heart – and so will this book! – Kirjat kertovat blog


“Nousiainen describes one human life extremely buatifully. The Blackbird is mournful and tasteful description of what happens to a family when one of them disappears. This story hurts, but also brings hope. It is a much needed reminder of how unexpected life can be. I can’ but envy Nousianen’s writing skills.” – Kirjakaapin kummitus blog


“Big small book. – – Incredibly sad but also incredibly light. My copy is full of marked pages that I want to read again and again.”  – Tässä kaupungissa tuulee blog


“A book you have to experience.” – Kirjakaapin avain blog


Inka Nousiainen

Inka Nousiainen is an award-winning author from Helsinki, who writes fiction, children’s books and lyrics for different artists. She was only 17 years old when her first novel was published and it won the Topelius Prize in 1994.


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