The Winter War
2017 Longlist

The Winter War

Translated from the original Swedish by Tiina Nunnally
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

On the surface, the Paul family are living the liberal, middle-class dream in Helsinki. Max Paul is a renowned sociologist and his wife Katriina has a well-paid government job. They live in a beautiful apartment in the centre of the city. But look closer and the cracks start to show. As he approaches his sixtieth birthday, the certainties of Max’s life begin to dissolve. His wife no longer loves him, and his grown-up daughters – one in London, one in Helsinki – have problems of their own. So when a former student turned journalist shows up and offers him a seductive lifeline, Max starts down a dangerous path from which he may never find a way back. Funny, sharp, and brilliantly truthful, Teir’s debut has the feel of a big, contemporary, humane American novel, but with a distinctly Scandinavian edge.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Philip
Teir

Finland-Swede Philip Teir is considered one of the most promising young writers in Scandinavia. His poetry and short stories have been included in anthologies, including Granta Finland. The Winter War is his first novel. He is married with two children and lives in Helsinki, Finland, in the same neighbourhood as the Paul family.

Finland-Swede Philip Teir is considered one of the most promising young writers in Scandinavia. His poetry and short stories have been included in anthologies, including Granta Finland. The Winter War is his first novel. He is married with two children and lives in Helsinki, Finland, in the same neighbourhood as the Paul family.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Tiina
Nunnally

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

The Winter War, Teir’s first novel, offers a clever and slightly satirical view on marriage and family life in a well-to-do Helsinki family. During some winter months Max and Katriina’s middle-class dream begins to dissolve and their life together reaches a crisis point. The first mistake is when they freeze their grandchild’s hamster, but it surely is not the last.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
27/08/2015
Country
Sweden
Original Language
Swedish
Author
Publisher
Serpent’s Tail
Translator
Tiina Nunnally
Translation
Translated from the original Swedish by Tiina Nunnally

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