Sofi Oksanen

Inspiring Novelist and Award-Winning Author

Born in 1977 from an Estonian mother and a Finnish father, Sofi Oksanen has emerged in a few years as one of the leading authors of the international literary scene. Purge, his third novel, published in France in 2010, has been crowned by the most prestigious literary prizes - notably the Fnac Prize and the Foreign Femina Prize - and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

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Awards And Nominations

Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright Sofi Oksanen debuted in 2003 with Stalin’s Cows, which won her the recognition of Northern Europe’s readers and critics. Her international breakthrough came not long thereafter with the publication of Purge. Translated into more than 40 languages, the novel earned Oksanen the title of “literary phenomenon” in American press and innumerable awards. Sofi Oksanen has with her powerfully evocative narrative established herself as the greatest voice of her generation.

Chevalier Medal of Honour by Ordre des Arts et des Lettres - France2018
Nominated for The New Academy Prize in Literature - Sweden2018
Shortlisted for the Ambassador of Finnish Culture award (The Culture Gala of the Century) - Finland2017
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award - Ireland - When The Doves Disappeared2017
Shortlisted for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize - Finland - Norma2016
The Swedish Academy Nordic Prize - Sweden2013
The Budapest Grand Prize - Hungary2013
Order of the Lion of Finland – the Pro Finlandia Medal - Finland2012
The French Bookseller’s Prize - France - Purge2012
Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award - Ireland - Purge2011
Shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize - UK - Purge2011
The Nordic Council’s Literature Prize The Nordic Councils - Purge2010
The European Book Prize - France - Purge2010
The Prix du roman Fnac - France - Purge2010
The Prix Femina Étranger - France - Purge2010
The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (IV class) - Estonia2010
Shortlisted for the Prix Médicis - France - Purge2010
The Runeberg Award - Finland - Purge2009
The Finlandia Award - Finland - Purge2008
The Kalevi Jäntti Prize - Finland - Purge2008
The Mika Waltari Award - Finland - Purge2008
The Kristiina of the Year Award - Finland - Purge2008
The SSKK Recognition Award - Finland - Purge2008
The Great Finnish Book Club Prize - Finland - Purge2008
Shortlisted for the Runeberg Award - Finland - Stalin’s Cows2004