Estonian rights acquired for Saara Turunen’s IRRATIONAL THINGS

We are extremely happy to announce that Estonian rights for Saara Turunen’s IRRATIONAL THINGS  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.

Saara Turunen’s IRRATIONAL THINGS discusses not only love but also writing about it. Is love a suitable subject to deal with if you want to be taken seriously? And what is love really? Is it comparable to the class system, a way of controlling property and heritage, or something else, something difficult to explain but unavoidable, for all of us to deal with at some point of our lives.

The narrator of the book, a nameless woman, travels to Barcelona. She meets a foreign man and falls in love with him. The man is the total opposite of her in many ways. Where she has been brought up to exert control, to plan and to master her life, he is sort of a free soul. He doesn’t want to worry about tomorrow; rather, he just drifts freely, taking things as they come.

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Järjettömiä asioita
Tammi, March 2021, 270pp


FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

Saara Turunen

Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her latest novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries. It has sold already over 15.000 copies.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded with the Finland Prize in 2016, with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and with Lea-Award in 2020, all high profile awards given 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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