THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST and INHERITED LAND nominated for Eeva Joenpelto award!

We are thrilled to share that THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST by Aki Ollikainen as well as INHERITED LAND by Maria Turtschaninoff have both been nominated for the Eeva Joenpelto award!

The Eeva Joenpelto Award is given out by the city of Lohja biyearly to a work written in a national language. The Award is worth 10 000 euros and the winner is announced on the 8th of June.


Aki Ollikainen’s polished, sharp and concise language enchants in the recognisably written novel THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. The thought-out structure of the historical novel captivates the reader to wait when and how the two panels of the narrative cross. The description of the Northern nature and the mentality of the people is sharp, the author’s eye kindly understanding, and the touch is a joyfully humoristic one, but not at all mocking.”


Maria Turtschaninoff’s skillfully built episodic novel INHERITED LAND describes via the history and inhabitants of the Ostrobothnian Nevabacka farm how Finns and people in general have been tightly tied to the nature of the mythical and real world, and its circulation, and how at times this connection has been lost but then found again. The changes in different styles and narrative voices keep the reader engrippped through the journey through the centuries. The novel touches, enchants, and nourishes the soul of the reader.”

We are so happy, congrats to Aki and Maria!

The rights to THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST are still available in e.g. France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Latvia…

Download the English materials for THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST here!

And the rights to INHERITED LAND are still free in e.g. Greece, Japan, Spain, Portugal…

Download the English materials for INHERITED LAND here!

Siltala, 2022, 180 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Siltala (orig.)

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis



Förlaget, 2022, 371 pp.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish), Tammi (Finnish), SWEDEN: Förlaget
CHINA: Rentian Ulus
DENMARK: Alpha Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahvat Raamat
FRANCE: Éditions Paulsen
GERMANY: Rowohlt
HUNGARY: L’Harmattan
ISRAEL: Hakibbutz Hameuchad – Sifriat Poalim Publishing House
ITALY: Bompiani
NETHERLANDS: Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
NORWAY: Bonnier Norsk Forlag
POLAND: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
UKRAINE: Old Lion Publishing House
WORLD ENGLISH: Pushkin Press

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
Finnish translation
English translation

About author

Aki Ollikainen

Aki Ollikainen has studied social policy at the University of Jyväskylä and is a trained photographer. He has previously worked as an editor and, among other things, at a metal workshop, a library, and a post office. His debut novel White Hunger received the Helsingin Sanomat Literary Prize for Best Debut Novel of 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. Ollikainen lives in Lohja with his wife and two children. Aki and his wife Milla form the pseudonym A.M. Ollikainen and have jointly published two crime novels.

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.