Translated by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah
Published by Peirene Press
1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. Others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help? This extraordinary Finnish novella questions what it takes to survive.
Aki Ollikainen, born in 1973, took the Finnish literary scene by storm with his extraordinarily accomplished debut novel White Hunger, which has won the most prestigious literary prizes in Finland. A professional photographer and reporter for a local newspaper, Ollikainen lives in Kolari in northern Finland.
Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah form a multilingual mother-and-daughter translation team. Emily has an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in German Studies. Fleur, her mother, is Finnish and has translated both fiction and non-fiction for many years. Emily and Fleur have co-translated work by numerous Finnish poets and novelists. They are also the translators of two previous Peirene titles: The Brothers by Asko Sahlberg and Mr Darwin's Gardener by Kristina Carlson.