Italian press for Oneiron + FILI grants for 2017

Laura Lindstedt’s critically-acclaimed, Finlandia Prize-winning novel, Oneiron, was published in Italy in late November 2016 to some wonderful reviews, and a warm reception for Laura, who visited her publishers in Rome in early December.

To launch 2017 – which will also see the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish publications of Oneiron – Laura gave an interview to Italian literary journal, Alfabeta2, excerpted below with the latest praise pull-quotes:

“I believe that a strong, passionate book will find its audience, no matter what the genre is. Even though there are lots of cultural allusions in Oneiron, the play with genres etc., my purpose was to make the text as organic as possible. A reader doesn’t have to grasp every intertext I’ve put there.”  […]

“For me, when I write, the novel signifies a laboratory of ideas. It’s almost literally the place of thinking. As an activity, writing and reading are quite similar in this respect. They both create a specific temporality, favourable for difficult questions.”
Laura Lindstedt, as told to Marco Dotti for Alfabeta2, Italy

“A visionary book.” – Marie Claire Italia

“Laura Lindstedt’s construction is, specifically, about death. In this way, Dante Alighieri and Marcel Proust are subtly invoked.” –Daniele Abbiati, il Giornale newspaper, Italy (transl. Irene Sorrentino / Riitta Ammunet)

Publishers of Oneiron:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
DENMARK, Rosinante
FRANCE, Gallimard
ITALY, Elliot Edizioni
LITHUANIA, Versus Aureus
NORWAY, Forlaget Oktober
POLAND, W.A.B. Foksal
ROMANIA, Editura Paralela 45
SWEDEN, Norstedts

Prizes & nominations:
Finlandia Prize winner 2015
Toisinkoinen Prize winner 2015
Runeberg Prize nominee 2015
Flame Bearer Prize nominee 2015

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