When the Doves Disappeared
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When the Doves Disappeared

Translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Communist Estonia, 1941. As the Allies and the Axis clash in battle, two Estonian cousins are fleeing from the Red Army: Roland, a loyal freedom fighter, and Edgar, an opportunistic mercenary. When the Nazis take control of the country, Roland goes into hiding. Edgar abandons his wife, Juudit, and transforms himself into a loyal supporter of Hitler’s regime.

Flash forward to 1963: Estonia is back under communist control behind the Iron Curtain. Edgar has taken on yet another identity as a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past and maintain his connections to power. But his fate remains entangled with Roland and Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth. In a fast-paced page-turner that switches between these two time periods, Sofi Oksanen brings to life an unforgettable story of deception, surveillance, passion, and betrayal.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Sofi
Oksanen

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright. She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, the Prix Femina, the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Helsinki.

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright. She has received numerous prizes for her work, including the Swedish Academy Nordic Prize, the Prix Femina, the Budapest Grand Prize, the European Book Prize, and the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Helsinki.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Lola
Rogers

Lola Rogers is a literary translator living in Seattle. She has translated dozens of novels, short stories, poems, essays, comics, and children’s books. She is the recipient of two English PEN Awards and in 2019 was a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, for a translation of The Death of Orvar Klein, by Daniel Katz. Her translation of Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun was awarded the 2017 Prometheus Prize. Lola serves as a translation mentor for FILI Finnish Literature Exchange and is a founding member of the Finnish-English Literary Translation Cooperative.

Lola Rogers is a literary translator living in Seattle. She has translated dozens of novels, short stories, poems, essays, comics, and children’s books. She is the recipient of two English PEN Awards and in 2019 was a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, for a translation of The Death of Orvar Klein, by Daniel Katz. Her translation of Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun was awarded the 2017 Prometheus Prize. Lola serves as a translation mentor for FILI Finnish Literature Exchange and is a founding member of the Finnish-English Literary Translation Cooperative.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A multi-layered and fast-paced historical novel exploring Estonia’s 20th century history of occupation, mass deportations, collaboration and corruption. Written in a thrilling, intense and vivid prose, the book is both politically and literally relevant.

Oksanen’s novel, set in Estonia in the 1940s and the 1960s, during one German and two Soviet occupations, is a cleverly written, powerful portrait of people’s moral choices, the freedom to choose, or the lack of choice, in difficult situations.

A thrilling story about Estonia and Baltic history during and after World War 2. Love and betrayal, a page-turner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
31/12/2015
Country
Finland
Original Language
Finnish
Author
Publisher
Atlantic Books
Translator
Lola Rogers
Translation
Translated from the original Finnish by Lola Rogers

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