Purge

By Sofi Oksanen; Lola Rogers (Translator)
(Grove Press, Black Cat, Paperback, 9780802170774, 388pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Next List
“Translated from Finnish, this winner of Finland's top literary prizes is the story of Aliide, an Estonian peasant who survived the Soviet occupation, only to face the brutal realities of a post-occupation world when her sister's granddaughter shows up half-conscious in her yard. Powerful writing and exacting sense of place make this book stand out.”
-- Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT


Description

An international sensation, Sofi Oksanen’s award-winning novel Purge is a breathtakingly suspenseful tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them.

When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a disheveled girl huddled in her front yard, she suppresses her misgivings and offers her shelter. Zara is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide’s home is no coincidence. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other’s motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.

Sofi Oksanen establishes herself as one the most important voices of her generation with this intricately woven tale, whose stakes are almost unbearably high from the first page to the last. Purge is a fiercely compelling and damning novel about the corrosive effects of shame, and of life in a time and place where to survive is to be implicated.




About the Author
Sofi Oksanen est nee en Finlande en 1977, d'une mere estonienne et d'un pere finlandais. Elle est devenue en trois romans et quelques pieces de theatre un personnage incontournable de la scene litteraire finlandaise. "Purge" a marque la consecration de l'auteur, qui a recu en 2008 l'ensemble des prix litteraires du pays, mais le roman a egalement enrichi le debat historiographique sur cette periode de l'occupation sovietique. Elle a recu en 2010 plusieurs prix litteraires en France: le prix Femina ainsi que le prix Fnac. Elle a egalement ete recompensee par le prix du roman europeen et le prix des lecteurs du Livre de Poche en 2012.

Rosa Liksom was born in Lapland in 1958. She is the author of six books, script writer, performance artist and painter. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Moscow and Reykjavik. She lives in Helsinki where she works as a bartender. Her short fictions have been translated into the major European languages - this is their first appearance in English.
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