Finlandia Prize winner Oneiron tops bestseller lists in Finland

LindstedtOct23Laura Lindstedt’s Oneiron (Teos 2015) has reached second place on Finland’s official bestseller list, and is the highest-selling literary fiction title in the list. The novel, which won the prestigious Finlandia Prize in late November, is already in its third printing.

is also generating waves internationally, with rights sold in four territories to date: in Denmark to Rosinante (in pre-empt), in Hungary to Scolar, in Bulgaria to Faber, and in Lithuania to Versus Aureus.

Oneiron was also included on Publishers Weekly‘s list of International Hot Book Properties this week; see here for the article!

“Oneiron is a wonderful and ambitious novel, original and intelligent. At the same time it is impressively tangible and almost corporeal, with such an interesting and warm tone of voice.”
– Marie Vinter, Editor, Rosinante, Denmark

“The contemporary Finnish literary scene is home to amazingly talented authors. It’s time for readers all over the world to discover them. We had the good fortune of becoming acquainted with an unparalleled new voice, Laura Lindstedt. We believe that her name will become unforgettable for Hungarian readers.”
– Andrea Illés, editor, Scolar, Hungary

“The author’s ingenious way of renewing the form and structure of the novel is downright striking, and she does so in an extremely reader-friendly manner!”
– Heikki Harma, Finlandia Prize juror, musician and journalist

About Oneiron:

Performance artist Shlomith from New York, chief accountant Polina from Moscow, heart transplant patient Rosa Imaculada from Brazil, upper-crust Nina of Marseilles who is expecting twins, cancer patient Wlbgis from the Netherlands, aspiring model Maimuna from Senegal and Austrian teenager Ulrike meet in an empty, blank space after their respective deaths. Time, as we understand it, has ceased to exist, and all bodily sensations are gradually disappearing.

Lindstedt plays with genres from essay to poetry, transitioning from humor to rage – while asking her reader to contemplate the question of death’s inevitability.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
DENMARK, Rosinante
LITHUANIA, Versus Aureus

Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
DENMARK, Turbine

Prizes, Oneiron
Finlandia Prize 2015
Toisinkoinen Prize 2015

Prizes, Scissors:
Nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2007
Nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize 2007

Reading material: Oneiron
English sample
English synopsis
Finnish edition


About author

Laura Lindstedt

Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015), a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death, earned her the coveted Finlandia Prize of 2015 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2017. Lindstedt’s success has continued with My Friend Natalia (Teos 2019) which has earned critical acclaim and has been sold to 12 territories. Together with author Sinikka Vuola, she has authored 101 tapaa tappaa aviomies (101 Ways to Kill Your Husband, Siltala 2022) which has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize of 2024.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute.


2019, Literary Fiction

My Friend Natalia

Laura Lindstedt

2015, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt

2007, Literary Fiction


Laura Lindstedt