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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About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


2021, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Storm Flute

Johanna Sinisalo

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

Johanna Sinisalo

2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

Johanna Sinisalo

2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

Johanna Sinisalo

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

Johanna Sinisalo

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo