ARGO acquires the Czech rights for THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT by Katja Kettu!

We are thrilled to let you know that the Czech rights for Katja Kettu’s latest novel THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT have been acquired in pre-empt by ARGO! The deal was closed by Sten-Erik Tammemäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Every new work by Katja Kettu is expected eagerly. In THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT the long-time fans will find some of the familiar motifs, and themes, such as the untold women’s history on the backdrop of major events in the official history of Finland, strong female characters, and also mystery, all that delivered in vivid, imaginative language. However, what seems to be new is the omnipresent theme of intimity, made even more visible when pitched against the cool, detached observation of the cat who „knows a lot and cares about little”.
– Hana Zahradníková, editor, ARGO

Originally published in Finland on September 27th, THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT was one of the highlights of last week’s Helsinki Book Fair and the novel continues to receive outstanding reviews in the Finnish media:

Kettu has managed to create an illusion of two timelines coexisting. Despite the years written down, Mahte, Eeva, and the Author all give off an impression of living in different places at the same time – so strong are the echoes of the past throughout the novel even before the connection between their stories is revealed. [–] Kettu’s novel feels like a tornado that pulls one in, leaving one full with wonder on what they just experienced.”
– Outi Hytönen in Suomen Kuvalehti magazine

Katja Kettu’s language is fine, strong, and rich, and it carries power with the magical realism. [–] The Author’s great-grandparents Eeva and Mahte’s warm and beautiful love story is the connective thread throughout the book. [–] With some books, you get sad about it ending already before the last page. THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT is like that.
– Leena Reikko in

THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT has been previously pre-empted to Lindhardt og Ringhof in Denmark, Humanitas Fiction in Romania, Albert Bonniers in Sweden, Pax Forlag in Norway and Mondadori in Italy.

Rights are still available for France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, US, UK, etc!

Download materials for THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT here!

The Investigations of a Certain Cat

Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu’s stunning novel spins through ages whilst surrendering to the wilderness of nature and the deep yearning for offspring. 

Can one find solace and meaning in life from the past once the future no longer exists?

An Author has a miscarriage and loses their ability to speak and write. From the Investigative Bureau of Heavens, a Detective is sent to the scene, but something goes awry. Soon, in the corner of the room, there appears Cat who starts examining a mysterious diary that once belonged to the Author’s Great Grandmother.

When a new life has been lost, the Author turns their gaze to the past and to the age-old words of creation in the old Finnish outskirts. The one who knows them, Great Grandmother, has the power of healers. The Great Grandmother’s diary sheds light on birth and death, love towards children, and the strength of heritage in one’s blood.

Combining autofiction and elements of magical realism, Katja Kettu’s latest novel also sheds light on the history of the Finnish frontiers.

Otava, 2023, 380 pp.

English sample and synopsis
Finnish manuscript

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ITALY: Mondadori
NORWAY: Pax Forlag
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag

About author

Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu is an acclaimed and award-winning writer with a strong, unique voice from Northern Finland. Originally from Rovaniemi, Lapland, she graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts in 2001 as an animation director and has also studied in the University of Tampere and in the National Film and Television School in the UK. She has worked as a columnist for numerous Finnish newspapers and magazines.

Her debut novel Surujenkerääjä (2005) was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and won the Tiiliskivi Prize, but her breakthrough came with The Midwife (orig. Kätilö, 2011), which won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, the Runeberg Prize and the Thank You for the Book Medal. The rights for the novel have been sold to 19 countries, it has sold more than 160,000 copies in Finland, and in 2015 it was adapted into a film.

To date, she has published five novels, written or edited two collections of short stories, authored a graphic novel, edited a fiction/non-fiction book on women’s experiences with sexual harassment and violence, and a biography of Ismo Alanko, a Finnish musician. In addition, she has collaborated with photographer Meeri Koutaniemi and documentarist Maria Seppälä on a book and a TV series about Finnish emigrants in North America and their relationships with the Ojibwe people. Outside of literature, Kettu has directed, written or helped produce 10 animations and been a singer in the punk band Confusa.

Kettu’s works have been characterized as “Laplandic magical realism”. Kettu is meticulous in the research for her works and she is interested in microhistory, especially the fates of women caught up in conflicts where individuals have a limited influence on their lives.

Her novel Rose on poissa was a Finlandia Prize 2018 nominee. Kettu's works have been translated into 23 languages.

Katja Kettu's literary works:

Surujenkerääjä, 2005 WSOY

Hitsaaja, 2008 WSOY

Kätilö, 2011 WSOY

Piippuhylly, novelleja, 2013 WSOY

Novelli palaa! Matkanovelleja, co-edited with Aki Salmela, 2013 WSOY

Yöperhonen, 2015 WSOY

Peräkammarin poika, illustrated by Jan Andersson, 2015 Otava

Rose on poissa, 2018 WSOY

Erään kissan tutkimuksia, 2023 Otava


2023, Literary Fiction

The Investigations of a Certain Cat

Katja Kettu