Oksanen's novel on Estonia's wartime history in Telegraph's best books of 2015 list (3)

Sofi Oksanen (ERR)
6/2/2015 10:20 AM
Category: Culture

Sofi Oksanen's latest Estonia-themed historical novel When the Doves Disappeared has landed a spot in The Telegraph's must-read list of 2015.

Oksanen's tense family drama tells the story of the occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II.

Oksanen is one of 11 authors of fiction to make it to the list of the British daily. Also included are Ben Lerner's 10:04, Anthony Quinn's Curtain Call, and Satin Island by Tom McCarthy.

When the Doves Disappeared was released in Finland in 2012 and has been translated into English by Lola Rogers.

It follows the lives of three young Estonians as they try to stay alive in German and Soviet-occupied Estonia, with the narrative skipping between wartime events and 1966. Roland is a fiercely principled Estonian freedom fighter, Edgar his morally ambiguous cousin who collaborates with both the Nazis and the Soviets, and Juudit the latter's unhappy wife.

Oksanen, a child of a Finnish father and an Estonian mother, has won numerous international awards for her work. Her third novel Purge, which put Estonia's wartime history in the world's literary map, became an international bestseller and has so far been translated into 38 languages.

M. Oll

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