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country of citizenship: Finland
languages spoken, written or signed: Finnish
award received: Thanks for the Book Award, Named Professor, Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland
Kaarlo (Kalle) Alvar Päätalo (11 November 1919 – 20 November 2000) was a Finnish novelist, the most popular Finnish writer in the 20th century. His Iijoki series, comprising 26 novels, is one of the longest autobiographical works ever written.
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