Nordic Council Literature Prize winner 2010 Sofi Oksanen in Latvia

Sofi OksanenThe Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and the printing house "Jumava" in cooperation with the Finnish Embassy in Latvia invite to a literary event with the participation of Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen taking place on 4 March, 18.00 at the premises of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, 13/3 Marijas Str. (Bergs Bazaar), Riga. Conversation will be held in Finnish and translated into Latvian by Maima Grinberga.
Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen has won Nordic Council Literature Prize in year 2010 for her novel “Puhdistus” (“Purge”).
Written with a rich and expressive language she weaves a specific historical event, the Soviet occupation of Estonia, with a globally burning issue – human trafficking.

The Adjudication Committee wrote:
"Sofi Oksanen's novel Purge takes place in two periods of time in Estonia, but its themes of love, treachery, power and powerlessness are timeless. Purge vibrates with tension: unspoken secrets and deeply shameful deeds stretch out across the book like a web and compel the reader to keep reading. With a rare precise and apposite language Oksanen describes what history does to individuals and history's pervasion in the present."