Johanna Sinisalo’s critically acclaimed The Core of the Sun sold to Latvia!

We are happy to announce that Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun has been sold to Latvia to Petergailis Publishers. The rights are now sold in 5 territories! This story of “sex, drugs and bureaucracy” was recently published in France and U.S. to great reviews:

”The novel builds a fascinating story centered on gender politics.” The Washington Post

”It’s that odd juxtaposition of the purely sensual with the satirically absurd that helps make The Core of the Sun the most original, unsettling, and weirdly comic dystopia that I’ve seen in some years.” – Locus Magazine

The novel is a captivating and witty speculative satire of a Handmaid’s Tale–esque welfare state, called the Eusistocratic Republic of Finland, where women are either breeders or outcasts, addicts chase the elusive high of super-hot chili peppers, and one woman is searching for her missing sister.

Click here to request the English edition of The Core of the Sun! 

Reading material:
English edition
Finnish edition

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
LATVIA, Petergailis

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