Anna-Leena Härkönen


Anna-Leena Härkönen (b. 1965) has been among the most prominent figures in Finnish cultural life for more than thirty years, both as an author and scriptwriter, and as a successful stage and screen actress.

She published her debut, The Poleax (Häräntappoase, 1984), at the age of 18 and achieved enormous critical and popular success with this bold and true-to-life novel. The Poleax has been on the market ever since and is an essential part of the literary education of the young Finnish readers still today.

Härkönen uses a language bursting with life, and she has an uncompromising sense of the comic. She is not afraid to touch tabus and difficult subjects in her writing.

Härkönen has written around 20 works so far, and she has been translated into more than 10 languages. Her novels have been made into several films and stage productions, among them the six-part television series The Poleax which has been broadcast several times. Claes Olsson has directed a full-length feature film based on her novel Aquarium Love.

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