Author

Sirpa Kähkönen

Finnish writer and translator

1964   -  

country of citizenship: Finland
native language: Finnish
language of expression: Finnish
educated at: Kuopion Klassillinen lukio, University of Tampere, University of Helsinki
occupation: writer, translator
award received: Thanks for the Book Award, Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, Savonia Prize
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Sirpa Kähkönen (born 15 September 1964) is a Finnish novelist and translator. Initially writing for young adults, she gained popularity in Finland with her Kuopio series of historical novels.Born in Kuopio, Kähkönen studied literature and history before working as an editor. She embarked on her literary career in 1991 with Kuu taskussa (Moon in your Pocket) for young adults, publishing her first adult novel Mustat morsiamet (Black Brides, 1998), which earned her the Savonia Award in 1999. Her latest work Graniittimies (Granite Man) is a historical novel depicting the lives of young Finns in Soviet times.
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