Film & TV rights for Johanna Sinisalo’s Finlandia Prize winning novel TROLL acquired by Måns Mårlind and Tuppence Middleton!

We are extremely happy to announce that Swedish writer/director Måns Mårlind (The BridgeMidnight SunThe Defeated) and Tuppence Middleton (Mank, Sense8War and Peace) have acquired the option for Johanna Sinisalo’s book TROLL, A LOVE STORY (2000).

Mårlind and Middleton are currently developing it for the screen and Middleton is set to direct. The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.  Mårlind is represented by Eric Williams, Zero Gravity and Matilda Boström, Agentfirman. Middleton is represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant (UK) and UTA (US).

TROLL, A LOVE STORY has been published in 19 territories, but rights are currently available in: Estonia, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Japan, Hungary, Norway, Lithuania, Czechia, Romania, Albania, Latvia, etc

Download the Full English ms for this bestseller and Finlandia-Award winner here!

Måns Mårlind: We have been looking for something to do together for quite some time now and then suddenly Johanna’s wonderful book came to mind. It is a highly original, dark and touching folk horror set in our modern world where Trolls are rare, but do exist. It was when Tuppence suggested we move the story from Finland to London I realized this was meant to be.

Tuppence MiddletonThe industry and audiences alike have shown a growing appetite for local stories with an international appeal, and Johanna’s one-of-a-kind novel provides the perfect urban fable for our time. I am thrilled to be bringing these unforgettable characters to life on screen and to explore this strange and beautiful tale about what it is to be an outsider and to embrace your true nature in an increasingly disconnected world.

“A sharp, resonant, prickly book that exists on the slipstream of SF, fantasy, horror and gay fiction.”
– Neil Gaiman

”A wily thriller-fantasy … Each discovery sounds like the voice of a storyteller reminding us of how the gods play with our fates.”
– Margo Jeffersson, The New York Times

“A punk version of The Hobbit”
– USA Today

“Chillingly seductive.”
– Independent, Best Reads of 2003

by Johanna Sinisalo

The international fantasy bestseller and winner of the Finlandia Prize. Mikael, a young gay photographer, finds in the courtyard of his apartment block a small, man-like creature. It is a young troll, familiar from Scandinavian mythology: a demonic, wild beast. And it is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. Supposedly extinct, today it is regarded as a hairy, cuddly toy by Nordic children. Mikael gives the troll a name, Pessi, and takes him home and hides him.

The first thing Mikael does is research everything he can about trolls from the internet, from folklore, nature journals and newspaper cuttings.What Mikael does not discover is that trolls exude pheromones that smell like a Calvin Klein aftershave and that this has a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around him. Shooting an assignment for an ultra-hip brand of jeans, Mikael finds himself fast-tracked into a dangerous liaison with Martes, the sexually ambivalent art director of the advertising agency concerned, while a couple of his friends in turn fall in love with him because he carries the troll’s scent. What Mikael fails above all to learn, with tragic consequences, is that Pessi the troll is the interpreter of man’s darkest, most forbidden impulses.


We are thrilled to remind you that the latest application period for Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI) translation and printing grants has opened and will last until May 1st!

It’s a perfect time to acquire exciting Finnish titles and apply for translation grants!
Don’t have a Finnish translator yet? Find them here!

In the last application period in Winter 2022, 63 projects earned a grant with 113,000€ awarded in total. See the previously awarded projects here!

Translation grants
Up to 70% of translation costs from Finnish or Finland-Swedish can be covered by a FILI translation grant. There are 3 application periods in a year, and the Spring application period is 1.4.-1.5.2022.


Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi
Tammi, 2000, 268pp


FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ALBANIA: Dituria*
BRAZIL: Devir*
BULGARIA: Perseus*
CZECH REPUBLIC: One Woman Press*
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE: Actes Sud
GERMANY: Tropen (Klett-Cotta)
JAPAN: Sunmark*
LATVIA: Atena*
POLAND: Terytoria*
RUSSIA: Amphora*
SLOVENIA: Modrijan*
SPAIN: Polledro*
SWEDEN: Wahlström&Widstrand*
UK, Peter Owen*
USA, Grove Atlantic

*Rights reverted

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


2021, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Storm Flute

Johanna Sinisalo

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

Johanna Sinisalo

2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

Johanna Sinisalo

2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

Johanna Sinisalo

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

Johanna Sinisalo

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo