The Summer of Tanks


Over the course of a few turbulent weeks in 1968, a small town is shaken by lies and abandonment – but also sparked by hope.
In August 1968, an architect returning to his hometown witnesses the demolition of the town’s old, wooden houses making way for new developments and with it, all the memories of the people who lived there. Reflecting on his childhood, he questions what really happened in the spring of 1945 and the disappearance of his childhood friend. When our world is shaken, it is the children who suffer the most.



Original title

Tankkien Kesä

English extract

See above

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Published originally in Finnish by Otava Publishing Company

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  • Shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize 2016