Ahlback Agency December Newsletter

Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

“I rather want to be invited to Little Mouse’s Christmas.” – The Times
2017 has been a special year, with Finland celebrating its centenary of independence this month, and we reflect on a fruitful year of bringing Finnish literature to readers, both young and old, around the world.

Forthcoming in 2018

  • FINDING SISU by Katja Pantzar – Hodder (UK, March 2018);
    US title: THE FINNISH WAY: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu – TarcherPerigee (US, June 2018)*“Anyone who enjoyed reading about hygge will surely embrace the simple and life-changing practices that Katja describes…” – Marian Lizzi, Editor-in-Chief, TarcherPerigee
    *cover & title subject to change
  • ONEIRON by Laura Lindstedt – Oneworld Publications (WE, March 2018)
    “A visionary book.” – Marie Claire Italia
  • THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER by Leena Lehtolainen (Maria Kallio series Book 9) – Amazon Crossing (US, March 2018)

Published in 2017

  • THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO by Jussi Valtonen – Oneworld Publications (UK, November 2017)
    “Classy and engrossing drama.” – Daily Mail
  • ESCAPE FROM SUNSET GROVE by Minna Lindgren – Pan Macmillan (UK, August 2017)
    “A Finnish Miss Marple.” – Independent
  • BELOW THE SURFACE (Maria Kallio series Book 8) by Leena Lehtolainen – Amazon Crossing (US, November 2017)
    “Lehtolainen’s crime series has reached cult status already.” – Bunte, Germany
  • CRUEL IS THE NIGHT by Karo Hämäläinen – Soho Press (US, April 2017)
    “This English-language debut by a prize-winning Finnish author has a great hook . . . [for] readers who enjoy books like L.S. Hilton’s Maestra and Caroline Kepnes’s You, in which the game is the goal.”  – Library Journal 
  • NAONDEL by Maria Turtschaninoff (Book 2 in the Red Abbey Chronicles) + MARESI paperback ed – Pushkin Press (UK, January-April 2017)
    “Will stay with the reader long after the book is closed.” The Guardian, on Naondel
  • MONSTER NANNY by Tuutikki Tolonen – Houghton Mifflin (US, November 2017)
    “Imaginative fantasy, and plentiful dialogue makes it prime for reading aloud.” — Booklist
  • AS RED AS BLOOD by Salla Simukka – Crown/PRH (US, January 2017)
    “Limned in stark red, white, and black, this cold, delicate snowflake of a tale sparkles with icy magic.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • LITTLE MOUSE’S CHRISTMAS by Riikka Jäntti – Scribble/Scribe Publications (WE, October 2017)
    “Beautifully illustrated … put together with enormous charm.” – The Times

AWARDS
PROMETHEUS AWARD 2017 – Johanna Sinisalo for The Core of the Sun
LUKUVARKAUS AWARD 2017, FINLAND – Salla Simukka for Sisterland
NOMINATIONS
INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2018 – Minna Lindren for Escape from Sunset Grove
CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017 – Maria Turtschaninoff for Maresi
ASTRID LINDGREN AWARD 2017 – Maria Turtschaninoff for Maresi
NORDIC COUNCIL LITERATURE PRIZE 2017 – Laura Lindstedt for Oneiron

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Jussi Valtonen


Jussi Valtonen (1974) is an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He has studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK, and has also worked as a science reporter. He has written three novels and a short story collection.

Carried by Wings (Siipien kantamat, Tammi 2007) was given second place in Bonnier’s novel competition, and received a warm reception from both critics and bloggers. In 2014 Valtonen was awarded the Finlandia Prize, the country’s highest-profile literary award, for They Know Not What They Do (He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät, Tammi 2014).

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Katja Pantzar


Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was born in Finland and raised and educated in Canada. A freelance member of the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle’s news team, Pantzar is a regular contributor to Blue Wings, the in-flight magazine of Finnair and Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24. She is the author of three guides to Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Finding Sisu is the first book Pantzar has written that will be published outside of Finland.

Laura Lindstedt


Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize. Lindstedt’s latest novel My Friend Natalia has been a critical success and the rights have been sold to 12 territories.

Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Leena’s brand new title The Ripple Effect was published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the very popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide!

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The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

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, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Minna Lindgren


Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove Trilogy, which has been sold to 11 territories, and the final part The End of Sunset Grow was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written three standalones: Angry Widow (2018), A Far Far Love (2019) and Hope Never Dies (2020).

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Salla Simukka


Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences. These days she writes books for young adults and children, and travels the world talking about them.

Tuutikki Tolonen


Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, Finland’s only literary journal for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny duology sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.

Tolonen is currently writing Agnes series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" won the honorary award in Runeberg Prize 2020.

Karo Hämäläinen’s novel Alone wins two awards!

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We are thrilled to announce that Karo Hämäläinen’s latest book Alone(Yksin, Wsoy 2015), currently in its 3rd printing, has been awarded both the Savonia Prize 2016, which is awarded to an outstanding literary work from the region of Savo published in 2015, and the Best Sports Book of the Year 2015. 

Alone is a powerful retelling of the life of Paavo Nurmi, the greatest distance runner of all time, in the style of Running (Courir, 2008) by Jean Echenoz. Alone is the bitter account of the undisputed ruler of the cinder track, a harrowing picture of a man as successful in business as in sports who would never allow himself to be satisfied. It is also a story of unrequited love.

-The Savonia Prize judging panel
“Karo Hämäläinen’s fictional novel describes the Finnish sports icon Paavo Nurmi’s inner world and thoughts with a brutal directness. He creates a picture of Nurmi as a tough tactician, but also as an extremely strict ascetic.”

-The Best Sports Book of the Year judging panel:
“The novel Alone is skillfully built around the myth of Paavo Nurmi. Hämäläinen’s laconic rhythm works excellently and is very Nurmi-like. The novel conveys the author’s deep understanding of its core themes: long-distance running, business, and one’s solitude.” 
From the press:
“The story about the Flying Finn keeps the reader moving.” – Minna Petäinen, Taloustaito 9/2015

“Karo Hämäläinen has skillfully written a novel about winning almost everything and how it led to solitude.” – Seppo Puttonen, Yle 4.11.2015

”…It is a brilliant description of a stubborn, bitter, and lonely man… At the same time, it describes Finland in the early 20th century: the poverty, recession, and the economic boom that followed.” – Laura Boxberg Taidematkustaja- Blog

“Hämäläinen creates a psychologically delicate and sad portrayal of a man who is pushed forward by the manic hate towards losing.”
-Markku Jokisipilä, Suomen Kuvalehti, Books of the Year- listkaro

Reading material:
ALONE (2015)

English synopsis
English sample (soon available)
Finnish edition

The authors previous works:
CRUEL IS THE NIGHT
Rights Sold
Original Publisher: FINLAND, WSOY
FRANCE, Actes Sud
ITALY, Newton Compton
WORLD ENGLISH, Soho Press

Reading Material
Finnish edition
English manuscript (soon available)

THE BUYOUT
Rights Sold
Original Publisher: FINLAND, WSOY
SPAIN, Ediciones B.

Reading Material
Finnish edition
Spanish edition
English sample

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

Related news

French rights to Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen sold to Actes Sud!

Hamalainen_FrenchWe are excited to announce that Actes Sud has acquired French rights to Karo Hämäläinen’s Cruel is the Night (WSOY 2013), a darkly humorous thriller of four characters that merges Agatha Christie with Quentin Tarantino. World English rights were previously sold to Soho Press, and Italian rights to Newton Compton.

Among other authors published by Actes Sud are Paul Auster, Stieg Larsson, Cormac McCarthy and Johanna Sinisalo.

“A thrillingly suspenseful novel that plunges the reader into a huis clos of almost bursting tension. Evil intentions lure behind the seemingly relaxed atmosphere and upper-class smiles. The constant uncertainty, the feeling that something terrible is going to happen at any moment… Smart, elegant and delightfully Hitchcockian.”
– Hege Roel Rousson, Consulting Editor, Actes Sud

“We’re thrilled to be publishing Cruel Is the Night, both because of its delightful premise and execution and also because we are excited to work with this dynamic, versatile author. A literary homage to the locked-room mystery, Cruel Is the Night is exactly the blend of genre class and literary elegance we look for at Soho Crime.”
– Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher, Soho Press

About the book:

Ruthless journalist Mikko is on his way to London to visit his old friend Robert, who has become fabulously wealthy and married the gorgeous Elise. Unbeknownst to his wife Veera, Mikko is planning on murdering Robert. On the evening’s menu are bones to pick, hidden motives, skeletons in the closet, a champagne sword, a cyanide capsule, a pinch of poison and a loaf of bread that’s not for just anyone’s consumption.

About the author:

Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. His first thriller The Buyout (2011) was an immediate critical success. Hämäläinen also works as a journalist, literary critic and managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication.

RIGHTS SOLD:
CRUEL IS THE NIGHT
Original publisher:
FINLAND, WSOY
FRANCE, Actes Sud
ITALY, Newton Compton
WORLD ENGLISH, Soho Press

Reading materials
English sample
German sample
Russian sample
Finnish edition
Italian edition

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

Related news

World English rights to Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen sold to Soho Press

Hamalainen_World EnglishWe are thrilled to announce that Soho Press has acquired World English rights to Karo Hämäläinen’s Cruel is the Night (WSOY 2013), a devilish thriller of four players that merges Agatha Christie with Quentin Tarantino. Rights were previously sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

“We’re thrilled to be publishing Cruel Is the Night, both because of its delightful premise and execution and also because we are excited to work with this dynamic, versatile author. A literary homage to the locked-room mystery, Cruel Is the Night is exactly the blend of genre class and literary elegance we look for at Soho Crime. We are also thrilled to finally have a Finnish work on our list—it will be a happy addition to our growing list of literary translations!”
Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher, Soho Press

Manhattan-based Soho Press is known for introducing and nurturing bold new literary voices and award-winning crime fiction from around the world. Among other authors on the Soho Crime imprint are Cara Black, award-winning Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura and Get Carter author Ted Lewis.

In Cruel is the Night, ruthless journalist Mikko is on his way to London to visit his old friend Robert, who has become fabulously wealthy and married the gorgeous Elise. Unbeknownst to his wife Veera, Mikko is planning on murdering Robert. On the evening’s menu are bones to pick, hidden motives, skeletons in the closet, a champagne sword, a cyanide capsule, a pinch of poison and a loaf of bread that’s not for just anyone’s consumption.

“The diners’ repartee and flashbacks revealing their relationships call to mind Herman Koch’s The Dinner…Hämäläinen’s novel takes things to a completely different level, however – the reader follows the events safely through a wall of Plexiglas, holding back laughter but absolutely absorbed.
Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

About the author:

Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. His first thriller The Buyout (2011) was an immediate critical success. Hämäläinen also works as a journalist, literary critic and managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication.

RIGHTS SOLD:
CRUEL IS THE NIGHT
Original publisher:
FINLAND, WSOY
ITALY, Newton Compton
WORLD ENGLISH, Soho Press
THE BUYOUT
Original publisher: FINLAND, WSOY
SPAIN, Ediciones B

Reading materials
English sample
German sample
Russian sample
Finnish edition
Italian edition

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

Related news

Readers love Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen

Hamalainen Cruel 140130Author Karo Hämäläinen’s Cruel is the Night (Ilta on julma, WSOY 2013), a literary thriller that merges elements of a classic Agatha Christie mystery with satirical and spine-tingling cinematic touches reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino, has been compared by many critics to Herman Koch’s The Dinner. It also amusingly incorporates Hämäläinen’s expertise of the financial world and economics. Italian rights to Cruel is the Night have been sold to Newton Compton, which plans to publish it later this year.

“The reader follows the events safely through a wall of Plexiglas, holding back laughter but absolutely absorbed,” wrote Finland’s largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, while Kauppalehti financial newspaper described the story as “a thriller plot that is not only imaginative and over the top but also typical of its genre without actually being generic.”

Throughout late 2013 and early 2014 the novel has also garnered praise from several Finnish literature blogs.

“I didn’t make guesses as to what was going to happen, and I didn’t even want to – I wanted to enjoy Hämäläinen’s storytelling and layers…the story spans from youth to adulthood, and from Finland to Central Europe. References to literature, particularly to Agatha Christie, prompts one to look for a clue or a trick. A sort of twist is revealed, but in a wholly different way than I had expected…in spite of its macabre subject matter this book leaves a reader in a great mood. I’m thirsty for more,” described Jos Vaikka Lukisi book blog.

“I don’t read mysteries, but I do enjoy Agatha Christie. The same happened with Karo Hämäläinen; I was hardly able to let the book from my hands, and every time I had a spare moment I dove into it again,” praised Kirjan jos Toisenkin blog.

RIGHTS SOLD:
ITALY, Newton Compton
Original publisher: FINLAND, WSOY

RIGHTS SOLD
THE BUYOUT (WSOY 2011)
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
Original publisher: FINLAND, WSOY

PRIZES
Tampere Literary Prize 2012 (The Buyout)
Nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2012 (Hooray for Helsinki!)
Nominated for the Savonia Prize in 2011 (The Buyout)

Reading materials for Cruel is the Night:
Finnish edition
English sample
German sample
Russian sample

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Frankfurt deals: Rights to Ray Girl sold in Germany and in Denmark and Cruel is the Night in Italy!

Supinen_Sade_etukansiWe are thrilled to announce that the German rights to Ray Girl and Jelly Control by Miina Supinen have been sold in a two-book-deal to Suhrkamp for publication in 2014 and 2015.  Danish rights to Ray Girl have been acquired by Turbine Forlaget for publication in 2014.

A mystical love story. Beauty meets two beasts in search of the meaning of life and death.

“I wanted to write a novel about the most important things in life – love and death. I wanted to say something new and fresh, genuine and heart-breaking and still fabulously fun. Ray Girl is an extraordinary love triangle, a novel about light and shadow, about the impermanence of everything and amazingly good sex. Plus a little about archaeology and ancient gods and wildflowers.“ – Writer Miina Supinen

Praise:
“Säde (Ray Girl)  invites the reader to surrender.”   Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Miina Supinen’s book (Jelly Control) is side-splittingly hilarious.“ – Helsingin Sanomat  newspaper, Finland

Reading material: English sample and synopsis; Finnish edition
Original publisher: WSOY, September 2013, 328 pp.

 

Hamalainen_Ilta on julma_cover_(c) WSOY 2013Italian rights to literary thriller Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen have been sold to Newton Compton for publication in 2014.

Agatha Christie meets Quentin Tarantino by way of Alfred Hitchcock.

Praise for Cruel is the Night:
“ A thriller that lasts the duration of a dinner is a compelling setup. The diners’ repartee and the flashbacks revealing their relationships call to mind Herman Koch’s The Dinner, translated into Finnish last year. Hämäläinen’s novel takes things to a completely different level, however. – The reader follows events safely through a wall of Plexiglas, holding back laughter but absolutely absorbed.”
 – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Reading material: English sample and synopsis; German sample, Finnish edition
Original publisher: WSOY, August  2013, 345 pp.

Rights enquiries: Elina@ahlbackagency.com

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Miina Supinen


Miina Supinen (b. 1976) is a journalist, essayist and author. Her critically acclaimed novels and short stories have a dedicated fan following, and many consider her the funniest, most effervescent female writer in Finland. Nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Debut Book of the Year Award in 2007, her novel Jelly Control (Liha tottelee kuria, WSOY 2007), is a cult classic. The collection of short stories, Land of the Apatosaurus (Apatosauruksen maa, WSOY 2010), was nominated for the 2010 Runeberg Prize.

Based on Supinen’s radio plays, Violet Jawbone’s Career Guide (Orvokki Leukaluun urakirja, WSOY 2013) was published in the spring of 2013. Ray Girl (Säde, WSOY 2013), is a mystical love story examining death, beauty, love, religion, sexual norms and culture clashes. Her latest book, Jingle Land (Mantelimaa, Tammi 2015), is a darkly comical look at Christmas obsession gone awry.

Cruel Is The Night by Karo Hämäläinen published today!

hamalainen_IOJWe are thrilled to announce that WSOY has today published in Finland Karo Hämäläinen’s much-awaited thriller Cruel Is The Night (Ilta on julma):

Starting like Agatha Christie, turning into Alfred Hitchcock, and ending up with pure Quentin Tarantino.

Q & A with the author

When Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) was 12, he started reading Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle from the shelves of the Mikkeli City Library in Central Finland. Not until he was 14 did his Finnish teacher point out that there were also authors who wrote about crime whose names started with D (since the librarians had filed Arthur Conan Doyle under “C”), and Karo cast his gaze forward to Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Your previous two novels were financial thrillers, The Bailout and The Buyout. Cruel is the Night isn’t a financial thriller though. What is it?

Cruel is the Night combines elements from classic whodunits, relationship dramas, and thrillers, but if I had to define it in one work, that word would be “tragedy.” I haven’t completely abandoned the world of financial thrillers though, since one of the main characters is a disgraced banker.

Your publisher describes the book as starting like Agatha Christie, turning into Alfred Hitchcock, and ending up with pure Quentin Tarantino. What do you think of that description?

I think it’s very apt, since I play with elements of the mystery genre picked from different stages of the genre’s development. What kind of murder mystery would Christie write today? She wouldn’t set it in a manor, she’d put the characters in a modern luxury flat. The structure of Cruel is the Night is a sort of locked room mystery similar to Hitchcock’s Rope. Rope is constructed around one single idea, which is one of Hitchcock’s classic insights: instead of setting up bombs to explode suddenly, sometimes it’s better to show the bomb sitting next to a chair leg while the characters sit around chatting idly. And Tarantino, yes! I had a lot of fun writing the last hundred pages! Read more here!

Finnish thrillers are conquering the world – join the global success and ask for reading material for Cruel Is The Night!

Reading material:
English sample
English synopsis
Finnish edition

Rights sold: Spain, Ediciones B. (The Buyout)

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Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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The successful launch of Karo Hämäläinen’s Calle Erottaja

We are so excited to share the news about the Spanish launch of Karo Hämäläinen’s financial thriller Calle Erottaja (The Buyout). The launch was a huge success; the media response was very positive throughout Spain and the reviews of Calle Erottaja are excellent. The Buyout deals with the financial crisis and hits the spot of time with the subject. During the launch week Karo Hämäläinen visited Madrid and Barcelona and gave a total of 13 interviews to all major newspapers and magazines in Spain.

The Bailout, a sequel to the Buyout, will be published in Finland in Fall 2012.

Please read what Spain’s main newspaper El País had to say about Calle Erottaja!

 

Please contact the Agency for reading materials!

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Karo Hämäläinen debuts in Spain with Calle Erottaja!

We are thrilled to share the exciting news about Karo Hämäläinen’s debut in Spain! His financial thriller The Buyout (Erottaja, WSOY 2011) is going to be launched on 4th July by the renowned publisher Ediciones B. Karo Hämäläinen is invited to the launch events of Calle Erottaja in Barcelona and Madrid.

Please read more here: www.edicionesb.com/pdf/BoletinNovedades_Julio2012.pdf

An extract from Ediciones B’s praise for Calle Erottaja, their Bruguera imprint’s key title of the season :

The young author, Karo Hämäläinen, has revolutionized Finnish literature. Calle Erottaja examines, in an elaborate and powerful manner, the intricacies of the financial world and the terrible consequences that systematic corruption has brought about in recent years. Following films such as Inside Job or Margin Call, Calle Erottaja is a financial thriller written by a multi-talented economic journalist. Calle Erottaja tells the naked and honest truth about the dynamics of an economic system that has exploded in the face of an unprecedented global crisis.

 

Please ask for reading copies and the 50-page English sample translation from the Agency!

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Karo Hämäläinen receives the Tampere Literary Prize

Congratulations to Karo Hämäläinen who has received the Tampere Literary Prize for his novel The Buyout (Erottaja, WSOY 2011).

“Erottaja is the first Finnish financial thriller. Hämäläinen’s style is punchy and professional, and the language suits splendid in the theme”, the literary prize committee motivates the reward.

The World Spanish rights have been sold to Ediciones B who will publish their edition in Summer 2012.

Please ask for the English sample translation, full Finnish manuscript and reading copies!

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Karo Hämäläinen’s The Buyout shortlisted for the Savonia Prize

Congratulations to Karo Hämäläinen, whose financial thriller The Buyout (Erottaja) has been nominated for the Savonia Prize 2012. The winner of the 10,000 € prize will be announced on the 2nd January 2012.

The Buyout was published in August 2011 to excellent reviews and became an instant bestseller in Finland. The Spanish and Catalan rights to The Buyout were sold to Ediciones B. in October.

Taking place behind the scenes of the financial sector, the thriller skillfully tells the story of how money making turns into a scam and messes up the world economy.” – Praise from the Savonia Prize jury

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Karo Hämäläinen’s The Buyout sold to Spain

The Spanish and Catalan rights to Karo Hämäläinen’s financial thriller The Buyout (Erottaja) have been acquired by Ediciones B. Sold at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the book will be published in Spanish in Autumn 2012. The publisher plans to promote the book in a substantial marketing campaign.

“I am very excited that the rights were sold only three days after the English sample translation was finished”, author Karo Hämäläinen rejoices.

Published by WSOY in August 2011, the Buyout became both an instant bestseller and a critical success in Finland.

Please contact the agency for the English sample translation and reading copies.

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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Karo Hämäläinen’s The Buyout (Erottaja) is “A Bonfire of the Vanities for the new millennium, flavored with a… thriller plot”

Author Karo Hämäläinen’s latest novel The Buyout (Erottaja) is a timely book set during the financial crisis of 2008. The novel created a lot of interest among international publishers in the Göteborg Book Fair last week, and it has received fantastic reviews in Finland. Critics have compared The Buyout to Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. Hämäläinen himself describes the book as a financial thriller where “the things the characters do and the suspense are fundamentally motivated by the investment world”.

Published in mid-August, The Buyout (Erottaja) immediately hit the Finnish bestseller lists, and is currently in top ten on both Finland’s official bestseller list and the bestseller list of Finland’s most esteemed bookstore, the Academic Bookstore.

“The Buyout could be considered one of the landmarks of the continuing economic crisis.” – Matti Posio, Aamulehti (Finland’s second largest daily newspaper)“

“The atmosphere is like on the savannah, where scavengers lie in wait for their prey and each other (…)” – Juhana Rossi, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland’s largest daily newspaper)

The managing editor of Arvopaperi, author Karo Hämäläinen, has written a book that verges on patricide.” – Henrik Muukkonen, Talouselämä (Finland’s leading business weekly)

 

Read more about Karo Hämäläinen and his novel here, and contact us for more information!

Karo Hämäläinen


Karo Hämäläinen (b. 1976) has two passions: literature and the stock market, and has a 15-year background as an economics reporter. He works as the managing editor managing editor of Parnasso, Finland’s best-known literary publication. Hämäläinen’s novel The Buyout was shortlisted for the Savonia Prize in 2011 and received the Tampere Literary Prize in 2012.

Hämäläinen has studied both in the humanities and in economics. Following stints in Helsinki, Munich and Berlin, he now lives in Tampere, Finland. He is a popular lecturer and guest commentator, and has had his own radio show. In his professional work, he uses Finnish, English, German and Swedish. In his spare time, Hämäläinen likes reading and running; his record marathon time set in 2010 is 3:04:04.

Bibliography


Karo Hämäläinen

Alone

2015, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

Cruel is the Night

2013, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Bailout

2012, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense


Karo Hämäläinen

The Buyout

2011, Literary Fiction, Crime & Suspense

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