|We wish to remind you that the final FILI grant application period is open from 1st October to 1st November!
In the previous application period of Spring 2022, over 90 projects received the FILI grant with over 150 000 EUR awarded in total! See the previously awarded projects here.
Up to 70% of translation costs from Finnish, Finland-Swedish and Sámi languages can be covered by a FILI translation grant. There are three application periods per year, and the fall application period is 1.10.-1.11.2022.
This is a perfect time to acquire exciting new Finnish titles – see some of our fall highlights below, and access our whole catalogue here!
Inherited Land by Maria Turtschaninoff
Following in the tradition of family sagas like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.
The roots of man and forest are intertwined in the depths of the earth.
Maria Turtschaninoff’s first adult fiction novel Inherited Land explores a current topic, climate crisis, in a unique way. It depicts human relationship with nature across centuries, across generations and is a reminder of human’s relationship to the nature and what it could possibly look like in the future.
The book is beautiful like a piece of jewellery and rich like a forest. [–] The episodic grip and the enormous reach of time makes Inherited Land a string of stories rather than one single one. In this world, Turtschaninoff paints the weight of historical reality heavier than that of fantasy even though there are fantasy elements too.”
– Freja Rudels, Åbo Underrättelser newspaper
Download the English materials for INHERITED LAND here!
The Enchantment by Riikka Pulkkinen
This shiningly beautiful novel is an autopsy of girlhood, power, and truth.
Philippa Laakso, aged seventeen, is found dead in her home yard. Nothing suggests a crime, and everyone who knew her is certain she wasn’t suicidal. On the other hand, everyone who knew her seems to hold a differing view of her. The investigation sees everyone who knew her being interviewed, but behind every view and story there is Philippa’s influence. She still has the people around her in a sharp grip: her friend, ex-boyfriend, teacher, neighbours. Riikka Pulkkinen’s anticipated novel examines the power and comfort of make-believe and the thin line between love and play.
I’d want to write long and in-depth about [the novel], but I’ll try to hold myself in check. Simply put: The Enchantment impressed me. [–] The reader is given a lot to think about with both the content and the narration.”
–Tuijata culture blog
Download the English materials for THE ENCHANTMENT here!
The Italian Game by Vera Vala
“The heart of darkness is in the human mind.”
Elena Ferrante meets Jo Nesbø in this new crime series!
The Greater Milan area lives in fear. A mysterious stalker is terrorizing people, and a serial killer called the Harlequin is picking their victims, branding them with jewellery. Are the two cases connected?
Salla Kotka, starting her career as a forensic psychologist, gets pulled into the threatening chain of events as she begins working for a defense attorney. Their client is the suspected serial killer, and Salla needs to help the defense uncover the truth.
The Italian Game is a true cornucopia. I loved the descriptions of Italy, its society and the lifestyle of the Italians. [–] I liked the charaters, they are considerably more well-rounded and psychologically more sound than those usually seen in crime novels. [The Finnish] Salla Kotka is an interesting protagonist both for her intelligence and for her traumas and darkness..”
– Marin kirjaillat blog
Download the English materials for THE ITALIAN GAME here!
The Night of Ancient Lights by Hanna Meretoja
For readers of Rachel Cusk and Maggie Nelson
Elea has just heard that she is seriously ill and wants to share with friends the sense of urgency that shakes her to her core. The push-and-pull of hope and despair permeates the narration that flows in the rhythm of the sea, in dialogue with Virginia Woolf’s Waves and Tove Jansson’s Summer Book. It captures the soul of the Finnish archipelago – the world’s largest island labyrinth.
The tensions between the characters live and find new ways, as they need to come face-to-face with painful ideas of loss, ending and the limitations of life. [–] Despite everything, in the night of the ancient lights, there is hope and a strong lust for life.”
–Anna Ferrante in Anna Magazine
Download the English materials for THE NIGHT OF ANCIENT LIGHTS here!
In Your Shadow by Martta Kaukonen
A new thriller by Martta Kaukonen whose debut Follow the Butterfly sold to 13 territories!
The harassment of women should be kept silent no longer, a small group of activists declares and demands justice. But at what price? When #metoo spread through the media like wildfire, many victims of harassment felt hopeful – now we can talk about it, now the change begins. But the fire died and things did not change. Traumas did not disappear and justice is yet to come.
Martta Kaukonen’s In Your Shadow is an irresistibly convincing work. Narratively it’s gripping: the story reveals, in a well-thoughtout order, small pieces of the characters’ past and motives. A recommendation.”
– Dekkarihelmenkalastaja bookstagram