Starred Review: Maria Turtschaninoff’s novel INHERITED LAND is an enchanting allegory for Finland! Best Books of 2022!

Finland’s biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat published a full page starred review on Sunday 18 December on Maria Turtschaninoff’s award-winning and internationally bestselling novel INHERITED LAND (orig. Arvejord, Förlaget) – and the literary editors at Helsingin Sanomat have selected INHERITED LAND on top of their Best Books of 2022 list!

“Maria Turtschaninoff’s novel is an allegory for Finland and offers enchanting praise to the land of marshes. Maria Turtschaninoff digs deep into the Finnish relationship with nature, into the mundane and mystical bogholes of the marshlands. The topic is universal: the rights to the novel have already been sold to 18 countries. [–]  It’s a novel that allows readers to delve into the heart of the Finnish psyche and the Finns’ relationship with nature in a fresh way. [–]”

“A vital connection (between humans and nature) has been broken, but this isn’t just a Finnish problem. Urbanization has uprooted billions of people in the world. And that’s exactly why people all over the world are turning to their ancestors, to their foremothers and forefathers, and searching for meaning and answers in their elders’ wisdom. [–] Turtschaninoff sings the praises of the Finnish marshlands. She shows readers its mystery, beauty, and uniqueness. The marsh and its spirits demand respect: it can take its own, and people can drown. Inherited Land grows into an allegory for Finland itself. [–] All nations have had their own relationships to forest folk and the elements of nature. And from this point of view, the topic is universal. Turtschaninoff deals with issues that are current and fascinating all over the world. [–] Turtschaninoff has written the perfect novel to give as a Christmas gift.”

If you want to join the rapidly growing international publishing family for INHERITED LAND, we recommend you get in touch with us quickly! Rights are still available in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, China, Iceland, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Greece, Turkey…

About author

Maria Turtschaninoff

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, winner of the Swedish YLE Literature Prize, winner of the Thank You for the Book Award, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2020-2024), and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize.

Her Red Abbey Chronicles YA trilogy has been sold into 30 languages, while her first adult novel Inherited Land has been sold to 23 territories. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.


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