The Flames of Love and Hatred

The acclaimed Finnish author charts the tragic destiny of communists in a divided Finland, documented in her own family history Sirpa Kähkönen’s grandfather, a committed communist, spent seven years in a labour camp during the 1930s. Amidst the heightened political struggle, hatred and broken dreams, the flames of forbidden love endured.  

The acclaimed Finnish author charts the tragic destiny of communists in a divided Finland, documented in her own family history Sirpa Kähkönen’s grandfather, a committed communist, spent seven years in a labour camp during the 1930s. Amidst the heightened political struggle, hatred and broken dreams, the flames of forbidden love endured.  

info

  • Year of publication

    2010

  • Original title

    Vihan ja Rakkauden Liekit

  • Page count

    287

  • Original publisher

    Otava Publishing Company

  • Original language of publication

    Finnish

Reviews

  • Aftonbladet

    It is a well written, wretched story: not only about the communists who escaped the Finnish prisons and fled to the Soviet Union, where they a couple of years later were accused of Finnish nationalism and shot or sent away to labour camps.

Awards & Nominations

Nominations

  • Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize

    2010

Authors

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