LONG-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2016

INDEPENDENT BEST TRANSLATED FICTION BOOKS 2015

BEST FINNISH DEBUT NOVEL 2012

FINNISH BOOK BLOGGERS' BEST BOOK 2012

BOOKSELLERS' BEST BOOK MEDAL 2012

BOOKSTORES' PRIZE FOR BESTSELLING DEBUT NOVEL 2012

 

'In famine-stricken 1860s Finland, the brief epic of Aki Ollikainen's White Hunger not only brings past hardships to shivering life, but offers a perennial fable of the refugee's plight.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

 

'A striking folk tale about austerity politics.' Christina Petrie, Times Literary Supplement 

 

'Such a powerful, honest and thought-provoking story deserves an audience far beyond the shores of Scandinavia.' Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post

 

'White Hunger is Aki Ollikainen’s debut work, but it is written with the control of someone who has mastered the form. It has won four of Finland’s literary prizes, and I imagine this is not only down to the spare, taut prose, but to the way in which it documents one of the most painful periods of Finnish history.' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

 

'This is a slender book, but its theme of the human being’s determination to survive drills down into our most basic of instincts: how can I stay alive?... impossible not to respond to its raw, unsparing drama.' Elizabeth Bucan, The Daily Mail

 

'Ollikainen’s prose is as determined as the characters’ own will to live; and, even where it seems life simply cannot endure, the narrative deals bluntly, leading the reader through a tale of epic substance compacted into a mere seven-score pages.' Ben Paynter, Los Angeles Review of Books 

 

‘A novella that feels like a huge, great novel.’ Satakunnan Kansa

 

‘The book is modern and historic at the same time. It’s an historic novel because the setting takes an exceptional period from the nineteenth century. It is contemporary because the plot portrays the timeless struggle of refugees to survive.’ Helsingin Sanomat