Olli Jalonen

Olli Jalonen (b. 1954) is one of Finland’s most respected authors. Since 1978, he has written over 15 works of fiction, some non-fiction and a children’s fantasy novel. Jalonen has received several important literary prizes, including the Finlandia Prize, and he has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize three times. Jalonen has lived in Finland, Sweden and Ireland, working as a reporter, information officer and researcher. His extensive oeuvre also includes radio plays and scripts for screen and stage.

“Jalonen is a master at building open places into a text. His stories breathe, and each page contains an expectation, of good or evil.”

– Kouvolan Sanomat

 

 

Photo: Pekka Nieminen

Awards & Nominations

Awards

  • Finlandia Prize

    2018

  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize of Recognition

    2005

  • Eino Leino Prize

    1990

  • Finlandia Prize

    1990

  • State Literature Award

    1990

  • Kalevi Jäntti Prize

    1984

  • State Literature Award

    1984

  • Critics’ Spurs, Union of Finnish Critics

    1984

  • J.H. Erkko Prize for new authors

    1979

Nominations

  • Runeberg Prize

    2018

Related publishing

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  • 14 Knots to Greenwich

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  • Men and People

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