NOTHING REALLY DISAPPEARS by Laura Gustafsson nominated for the Finlandia Prize!

We are very happy to announce that NOTHING REALLY DISAPPEARS, the newest title by Laura Gustafsson – a novel about activism, hopelessness, and bravery – is also nominated for the FINLANDIA PRIZE! 

The jury said of the title:

“Nothing Really Disappears is a compelling, at times even a hilarious story from the edge of a world gone wrong. The work woven of cold, terrifying facts and skillful narration ponders on how to act, when nothing seems to change for the better, at least not in the field of cruel factory farming and animal rights. The work manages to shock and influence in many ways thanks to its narrative strength.”

NOTHING REALLY DISAPPEARS is Gustafsson’s sixth novel, gaining wide praise in Finland. Her novels have been previously translated to German and French.

Download the materials for NOTHING REALLY DISAPPEARS here!

The moving and poetic requiem to Kähkönen’s mother was published in Finland by Siltala in August 2023, and has sold  8000 copies in Finland!

Nothing Really Disappears

Laura Gustafsson

A turbulent story about animal-industrial complex, idealism, and companionship that transcends the boundaries between species.

A professional activist approaching middle age realizes that she has lost her faith in life. For years she has been sneaking around in cowsheds, stared at horrible video materials and been patiently enlightening people. Still, even now someone asks whether she has thought about what the carrots feel. The animal-industrial complex continues to increase its output and it doesn’t matter that fashion houses are refusing fur clothing and people are pouring oat milk into their coffee. Faced with an overwhelming opponent, she must choose whether to continue fighting or whether it’s best to run away.

Mikään ei todella katoa
Like/Otava, March 2023, 263 pp.
Rights sold:
FINLAND: Like (orig.)
Reading materials:
English sample & synopsis coming soon
Finnish edition

About author

Laura Gustafsson

Laura Gustafsson is a novelist and playwright. Recurring themes in her work include oppression, violence, animal rights and the environment, which she approaches with precision, passion, irony and humor.

Gustafsson’s accolades include nominations for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, and her works have been translated into French and German.


2023, Literary Fiction

Nothing Really Disappears

Laura Gustafsson

2016, Literary Fiction

Wilderness Warrior

Laura Gustafsson