The Bystander by Saara Turunen gathers great reviews

The Bystander by Saara Turunen has stirred conversation in Finland about writing as a profession and the role of literary criticism. Readers and reviewers have enjoyed the book: here’s a little roundup of recent reviews:

”A feminist bullseye!” – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“The novel is harrowing, emotional, fresh, original, fun and thought-provoking. Oh boy it’s good!” – Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Perceptive and fresh” – Keskipohjanmaa newspaper, Finland

The Bystander works as a vindication of one’s own voice.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

“In addition to the fact that the work starts a discussion of the problems of the art world and criticism, it also impressively deliberates the demeaning essence of loneliness and being an outsider. – – Rewarding!” – Länsi-Savo newspaper, Finland

The Bystander is an important contemporary depiction of the structures of patriarchy, of how difficult it still is for a young woman to choose otherwise, to take control of one’s own life. […] The narration of The Bystander glows in the depiction of everyday details.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

The Bystander deserves praise. It’s a frank, funny and unconventionally laconically told story about a year in a life of its protagonist, a debut author.” – Me Naiset magazine, Finland

The Bystander is a chillingly ironic, crunching depiction of art and publicity in the 21st century.” – Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

 

About author


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), but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have been translated into 15 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded with the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, with the Finland Prize in 2016, with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and with the Lea-Prize 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.

Bibliography


2021, Literary Fiction

Irrational Things

Saara Turunen


2018, Literary Fiction

The Bystander

Saara Turunen


2015, Literary Fiction

Love/Monster

Saara Turunen