Sirpa Kähkönen


Sirpa Kähkönen (b. 1964) is one of the most acclaimed writers of upmarket historical fiction in Finland. Her beautiful use of language creates precise literary depictions and strong atmospheres. Kähkönen is above all exceptional at portraying women and children, their challenges and their experiences. In her novels, she often observes the life of civilians in times of crisis and how utopias and ideologies affect different individuals.

Kähkönen has published nine novels and three non-fiction titles. She has been nominated for the Finlandia Prize four times and for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2016. Sirpa Kähkönen is currently the chairwoman of Finnish PEN and an outspoken media personality on freedom of speech. She is also a freelance writer, playwright, journalist and translator.