When Time Runs Out

Elina Hirvonen

Original title: Kun aika loppuu

Author: Elina Hirvonen

Published: 2015

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Literary Fiction

Pages: 256

Helsinki, less than a decade in the future. Laura Anttila is lecturing at the university on climate change, hope, and the responsibility of humans. In the hallway, she is confronted by two police officers.

Laura's daughter Aava encounters a woman who has just lost her daughter in a Somalian village. Having returned to her apartment, Laura hears that someone is shooting at people from the rooftop of the Lasipalatsi building in Helsinki.

When Time Runs Out is a powerful novel about parenthood, about finding your place, and about the responsibility of people to intervene in the course of events.

'When Time Runs Out' is a heavy story about a burdensome world, but it is told with such clarity that the reader can't receive it with other than applause. It is a dispassionate book about subjects that have been screaming to be talked about: the environmental crisis, mental health and losing it, loneliness, and losing hope.

- Nina Lehtinen, Aamulehti newspaper, 01.04.2015

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Rights sold:
CROATIA: Naklada Ljevak
CZECH REPUBLIC: Omega Publishing
LITHUANIA: Baltos Lankos
SWEDEN: Leopard Förlag
UK: Manilla

About author

Elina Hirvonen

Elina Hirvonen is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker whose novels have been translated into many languages. Liesl Schillinger praised Hirvonen´s debut novel, When I Forgot, on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, and the novel also received positive reviews from The Independent, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Globe and Mail.

Hirvonen has received the Kalevi Jäntti Prize and the Nuori Aleksis Prize, and has been nominated for Finlandia Prize and Debut Prize.

Her new novel, The Logbook of Love, is published in Finland in August 2023. The Logbook of Love is the first part of a trilogy of novels that create their world through conversations.


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