Starred review for The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo!

SinisaloAug2015U.S. publication nears for The Core of the Sun (Teos 2013), Johanna Sinisalo’s novel set in a dystopian version of Finland in which pleasure is forbidden and sex is commoditized. Published by Grove Atlantic in January of 2016, The Core of the Sun has already received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews!

“The novel creates an impressively detailed and extremely frightening world…Written with wit and grace – Sinisalo describes depression as ‘a smooth-walled cavity, an open, echoing cave with a darkness living in it deeper than the space between the stars’ – the novel maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Last week Sinisalo met with readers in Seattle, Washington, where she was interviewed by translator Lola Rogers at the Elliott Bay Book Company on Saturday, October 24th.

See here for an article by Rogers in The Seattle Review of Books, in which she discusses Sinisalo’s career and contributions to world literature.

“[Sinisalo] coined the term Finnish Weird (Suomikumma) to describe her work and that of several other Finnish writers of the past two or three decades… The distinguishing feature of Finnish Weird for me, though, is the way it inserts the unexpected, uncanny, or otherworldly into otherwise familiar fictional worlds, often using this juxtaposition of reality and fantasy to explore deep, sometimes heady themes,” Rogers writes.

Recently Sinisalo was also interviewed for Strange Horizons, a publication focusing on speculative fiction, about the blurred lines between the realistic and the fantastical, her involvement in the translation process, and much more. Read the interview here.

Sinisalo’s previous novel The Blood of Angels (Teos 2011), published in the U.S and UK by Peter Owen in 2014, received starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist. Her upcoming novel, Iron Sky: Renate’s Story (working title) is inspired by the 2012 cult film Iron Sky, at which Sinisalo worked as one of the concept developers. Rights have been acquired in Germany by Klett-Cotta and in Finland by Johnny Kniga.

RIGHTS SOLD: IRON SKY: RENATE’S STORY
FINLAND, Johnny Kniga
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta

RIGHTS SOLD: THE CORE OF THE SUN
Original publisher:
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, Euromedia
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

RIGHTS SOLD: THE BLOOD OF ANGELS
Original publisher:
FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, Peter Owen
FRANCE, Actes Sud
POLAND, Foksal

RIGHTS SOLD: BIRDBRAIN
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
FRANCE, Actes Sud
NORWAY, Vega
UK, Peter Owen

RIGHTS SOLD: NOT BEFORE SUNDOWN (TROLL – A LOVE STORY)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ALBANIA, Dituria
BRAZIL, Devir
BULGARIA, Perseus
CZECH REPUBLIC, One Woman Press
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Tropen
JAPAN, Sunmark
LATVIA, Atena
LITHUANIA, Vaga
POLAND, Terytoria
RUSSIA, Amphora
SLOVENIA, Modrijan
SPAIN, Poliedro
SWEDEN, Wahlstrom & Widstrand
UK, Peter Owen
U.S, Grove Atlantic

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia-Prize winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her eight 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.


Bibliography


Johanna Sinisalo

Strangers Inside

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

IRON SKY: RENATE'S STORY

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

Birdbrain

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

Troll, AKA Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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