4th territory for Ann-Luise Bertell’s HOMESTEAD!

We are so happy to announce that Estonian rights for  Ann-Luise Bertell’s HOMESTEAD have been acquired by Eesti Raamat!

Eesti Raamat is one of the most important publishing houses in Estonia, having published over 900 literary titles.
They are also Estonian publishers for Thomas Mann, Kjell Westö, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Melville, Sigrid Undset, Selma Lagerlöf, Gustave Flaubert etc.

The book was published in Swedish in Finland and Sweden by Förlaget and in Finland in Finnish by Tammi. Previously, the Georgian rights have been acquired by Merebashvilitykesson.

HOMESTEAD is a detailed and insightful story of four generations and what it means to be human, set in the heart of the Finnish Osthrobothian plains.

Nominated for Finlandia Prize 2020 and Runeberg Prize 2020

When Elof is ten years old, his father dies, leaving him and his little brother Ivar alone at the mercy of their relatives. Fear becomes their companion throughout life – a companion who can only be disciplined by the joy of storytelling, alcohol and women. Elof knows that he is a bit of a coward, but has learned that he must never show fear, especially not in front of others and never to his wife Olga, whom he never really gets close to. Pride is the most important thing to Elof, as is their homestead, Heiman, which is all the family has ever truly owned.

Homestead talks about how love and trauma are passed on from one generation to another. This intense family chronicle asks the question; what is the price you have to pay, if you never get to be yourself? Ann-Luise Bertell writes an epic tale with a great drive, crystallized in scenes with strong sensual sensations, full of rich emotions.

Read more here

Download the English sample and synopsis for HOMESTEAD here

Förlaget, 2020, 381pp


FINLAND (in Swedish): Förlaget (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
FINLAND (in Finnish): Tammi
GEORGIA: Merebashvilitykesson
SWEDEN: Förlaget

About author

Ann-Luise Bertell

Ann-Luise Bertell is an author and a theater director, born 1971 in Oravais, Finland. She has graduated from the Finnish Theater Academy, and debuted as a writer in 1997 with the collection of poems, 'Rus av gul', and has since written poems, short stories, a children's book, plays and two novels. Longing (Vänd om min längtan, 2016), was awarded the Yle Prize and the Choreus Prize. Her second novel Homestead (Heiman) was published in 2020 and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize, and her third novel Yearning (Glöm Bort Din Saknad) was published 2022.

Ann-Luise has been Wasa Theatre's director since 2020, but is also a mother of three, dog owner, hiker, seeker, spy and bookworm.


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