Saara Turunen awarded Finland Prize for contribution to culture

Author and director Saara Turunen has been recognised by the Finnish government for her contribution to culture today! The annual Finland Prize is granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture to eight recipients in recognition of their work – spanning music, literature, art and architecture. Alongside Saara, this year’s recipients also included singer Saara Aalto, and author Sirpa Kähkönen, who all received their awards from minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

Saara’s 2015 Helsingin Sanomat Prize-winning debut novel, Love/Monster, published in paperback in October, also takes place in the theatre world and exemplifies her ability to distil the feelings and contradictions of modern life, and in getting to the heart of the matter.

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Saara Turunen

Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her three highly acclaimed novels, Irrational Things 2021, The Bystander 2018 and Love/Monster 2015, andalso for her work in theatre. Her plays have been translated into 15 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, Finland Prize in 2016, the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and Lea-Award in 2020, all high-profile awards given in Finland.

Her latest novel Irrational Things 2021 became an immediate bestseller and a critical darling. It has already sold over 18.000 copies in Finland.


Saara Turunen

Irrational Things

2021, Literary Fiction

Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary Fiction

Saara Turunen


2015, Literary Fiction

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