Finnish Weird: Johanna Sinisalo’s new novel The Blood of Angels published to rave reviews

Author Johanna Sinisalo’s new novel, The Blood of Angels (Enkelten verta), was published in Finland in late September and received great reviews:

‘What if the human animal truly has destroyed its entire ecological niche, and the damage is now irreversible? What if all we have to look forward to is slow decay and misery, and in the end, eternal night? Even if this is the case, there’s one piece of good news: Johanna Sinisalo continues to write arresting novels on the theme. And of her novels to date, The Blood of Angels is probably the finest.’ − Miina Supinen, Image 9/2011

‘Johanna Sinisalo chills the blood with her vision of the disappearance of bees (–) Sinisalo succeeds wonderfully in depicting the threats facing the entire world through one individual’s personal tragedy.’ − Sanna Sevänen, Aamulehti, September 24, 2011

Sinisalo’s work is often categorized as fantasy or science fiction, but the author herself prefers to describe her novels as ‘weird’. “‘Weird’ is a good term for all ‘diagonal’ genres of this kind, hybrids of these genres, and genres that don’t have any other name”, Sinisalo points out in an article called “Weird and proud of it”, published in the Literary Journal Books from Finland. Read the whole article here.

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Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (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.


Johanna Sinisalo

Strangers Inside

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Johanna Sinisalo


2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of The Sun

2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Johanna Sinisalo

Blood of Angels

2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Johanna Sinisalo

The Möbius Twist

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Johanna Sinisalo


2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Johanna Sinisalo

Troll, AKA Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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