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

 

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.

Bibliography


Saara Turunen

Irrational Things

2021, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary Fiction


Saara Turunen

Love/Monster

2015, Literary Fiction

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