Czech rights sold for THIS TRANSPARENT HEART by Katja Kallio!

Katja Kallio is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter from Finland. Her new, much-anticipated novel THIS TRANSPARENT HEART, tells the forbidden love story of a young Finnish woman and a Soviet POW during WW2.

We are happy to announce that the first international rights for the book have now been sold to Kniha Zlin, imprint of Albatros in the Czech Republic!

Download the English sample and synopsis for THIS TRANSPARENT HEART here

Kniha Zlin is the Czech publisher for of Ingmar Bergman, Truman Capote, Zelda Fitzgerald, JK Rowling, Stanisław Lem, Robert Galbraith, Boris Akunin etc, and an imprint of Albatros Media


Katja Kallio is a strong voice of Finnish woman writing and I am happy to have her included in the portfolio of Kniha Zlin. The story of The Transparent Heart captures reader’s attention immediately with its deep insight into a humand mind, riveting plot of forbidden love and expressive poetic language.

– Jitka Hanušová, Kniha Zlin, Albatros Media, Czech Republic


Young Beata returns home to war-torn Hanko in the winter of 1942. When she accidentally encounters a prisoner of war who sees directly into her innermost being, life changes irreversibly. Forbidden love puts Beata and Ivan at risk for their lives, but they can’t stay apart. In the moment of reckoning, Beata has to ask herself whether one can ever truly know their beloved – or even themselves.

Katja Kallio is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter. Since her striking debut on the Finnish literature scene in 2000, she has described the life and faith of misfit women at odds with the community,  in modern and past times, with her distinctive voice and thoroughly visual style. Her new, much anticipated novel This Transparent Heart, publisher in Finnish in August 2021, tells the forbidden love story of a young Finnish woman and a Soviet POW during WW2. Her previous novel, Amanda of the Night, inspired by true events in a mental institution island for women, was received with unanimous praise. Her books have sold more than 180,000 copies.

Kallio is praised for her accurate portrayals of the human mind. In her six novels she revisits themes such as the constant push-and-pull between distance and intimacy in a person’s life and the meaning of passion as a barrier-breaking force.

She has written box office movie adaptations of her own novels, and been a candidate for national literary and motion picture awards, including the prestigious Jussi Award for the Best Screenplay. An ardent cinema lover, she has written about movies in the iconic Image magazine for more than fifteen years.

Before writing she worked as a publishing editor, and translated fiction from Italian, Spanish and English. She hosts her own live literary salon, speaks fluent Italian with a Roman accent, and dedicates her free time to classical ballet.


Tämä läpinäkyvä sydän
Otava, August 2021, 267 pp

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Kniha Zlin/Albatros


Katja Kallio

This Transparent Heart

2021, Literary Fiction, Romance

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