Antti Tuuri

About

Antti Tuuri (b. 1944) graduated in graphic engineering in 1972. He then worked as a technical director, a managing director and a development director for several printing companies. Since 1983 he has devoted himself to writing.

He is very often a portrayer of the middle-class, a behaviourist characterized by a precise style coloured by Ostrobothnian humour.

Tuuri uses language precisely, without wasting words, and with great clarity of narrative. He pays a lot of attention to Man as a link in the natural chain, living at nature’s mercy. Tuuri is always seeking new paths and tends to think in ecological terms.

Ostrobothnia (Pohjanmaa), the impressive first volume of a series which Tuuri began in the 1980s, won the Nordic Council’s Literary Award in 1985. The book describes a province in which people have always had a flare for rising up, marching and even dying for a cause. An epic film based on the novel was filmed in 1988.

Ostrobothnia was followed by five other novels, the last of which, The Call of the Plains (Lakeuden kutsu) concluded the series in a remarkable way. For this novel, Antti Tuuri received the prestigious Finlandia Prize in 1997.

Tuuri started to write the series My Mother’s Family (Äitini suku) in 2001 with the novel The Sons of Eerik (Eerikinpojat). The series so far consists of 9 published novels, including Skywalkers (Taivaanraapijat, 2005) and The Eternal Road (Ikitie, 2011).

The author now has around 60 books to his credit: fiction, documentaries, travel stories, biographies, corporate histories etc. He is also an eminent writer of radio, TV and stage plays as well as opera librettos. Many of his books have been adapted for radio, television and film.

Tuuri’s interests range widely from travelling and fly-fishing to sailing and tennis.

Awards

  • Finlandia Prize: The Call of the Plains (Lakeuden kutsu) 1997
  • Aleksis Kivi Award 2009

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