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

The Torch-bearer Prize 2017: recognition for our three new authors’ translation potential

The agency has recently signed three new, wonderfully talented adult fiction authors, and what more could be better than to start with some good news for two of them. Leena Parkkinen and Laura Gustafsson have been nominated for this year’s Torch-bearer Prize (‘Tulenkantaja’), awarded annually to a Finnish book with the ‘best foreign sales potential’! We are also very pleased to be representing last year’s Torch-bearer Prize winner, Iida Rauma.

Leena Parkkinen’s The Decent Ingredient (Teos, 2016) is a story about the bourgeoisie of Helsinki during the Cold War; about forbidden love, dangerous secrets and, about food, which reflects life, love, class, sexuality and politics throughout this richly-detailed novel. Parkkinen has received numerous literary awards and her works have been translated into seven languages to date. Request reading materials for The Decent Ingredient

Laura Gustafsson’s Wilderness Warrior (Into, 2016) is a study of the human race: of the individual and the community. It’s inspired by survivalism, green movements, the Hobbesian social contract and notion of “a war of all against all”. Gustafsson’s accolades include nominations for the Finlandia Prize and Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize. Request reading materials forWilderness Warrior

Iida Rauma’s On Sex and Mathematics (Gummerus, 2016) is a frighteningly intelligent and visceral novel about people in crisis, environmental disasters, about the confusing and erratic life, and the beauty and logic of mathematics. And about the agonies and ecstasies of sex. Rauma has additionally received the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, and was nominated for the EU Literature Prize in 2016. Request reading materials for On Sex and Mathematics

The Torch-bearer’s jury has now shortlisted six nominees, and the winner will be announced on 25 March. The prize is worth €10,000.