New releases and praise in Germany, the UK and U.S for Johanna Sinisalo!

Sinisalo_newsletterJul312014This month readers in Germany and the UK have been able to enjoy new translations from the widely acclaimed master of Finnish Weird, Johanna Sinisalo.

Klett-Cotta in Germany has published Sinisalo’s latest work, The Core of the Sun (Auringon ydin, Teos 2013), while Peter Owen Publishers in the UK has debuted an English translation of The Blood of Angels (Enkelten verta, Teos 2011). Rights to Sinisalo’s works have been sold in 19 languages to date.

The Core of the Sun, whose accolades include a nomination for the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) science fiction award, has earned rave reviews from German critics.

“Sinisalo creates a world so close, and yet so far, with small, often subtle twists…[The Core of the Sun] is a fun, feminist, political novel – as tasty as a strawberry habanero chilli sauce.”
Deutschlandradio Kultur.

The Blood of Angels, meanwhile, has been included on Publishers Weekly‘s Top 10 list of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror for fall 2014.

“Renowned Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo tackles contemporary ecological concerns with The Blood of Angels, in which the disappearance of bees may herald the end of the world.”
Publishers Weekly, U.S

About The Core of the Sun (Teos 2013):

The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has prioritized social stability and national health, and outlawed practically everything that might give one pleasure or cause addiction. Well, almost everything: the distribution of sex, an essential commodity of pleasure, is made as efficient as possible. In order to achieve this, the state has bred a new human subspecies: one that is receptive, submissive and always willing. They used to be called women. Vanna and Jare become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to be extremely dangerous: chili. Then Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a pungent chili that is too hot to handle.

About The Blood of Angels (Teos 2011):

Einstein is claimed to have said that if bees disappeared from the earth, man would have four years to live. When bees begin to vanish en masse in the U.S, Orvo, a beekeeper, predicts that the world is coming to an end. The Blood of Angels is a magical plunge into the myth of death and immortality, and a tale of human blindness in the face of overwhelming choices and inevitabilities.

RIGHTS SOLD: The Core of the Sun
Original publisher:
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Reading materials: The Core of the Sun
German edition
English sample
Finnish edition

RIGHTS SOLD: The Blood of Angels
Original publisher:
FRANCE, Actes Sud
POLAND, Foksal

Reading materials: The Blood of Angels
English edition
French edition
Finnish edition

Finlandia Prize 2000 (Not Before Sundown/Troll – A Love Story)
James Tiptree, Jr. Award 2004 (Not Before Sundown/Troll – A Love Story)
Nominated for the Nebula Awards 2008 (Baby Doll)
P. E. Svinhufvud Award 2011 (The Blood of Angels)
The Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2009, 2012 (Birdbrain, The Blood of Angels)
Nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012 (Birdbrain)
Nominated for the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award 2014


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