By the time I finished the book — this morning over breakfast — I had developed, through the eyes of Aliide Truu, the protagonist, a sound understanding of the sufferings of Estonia and Estonians before World War II, during World War II, and after World War II, until the country became free again during the post-Gorbachev era.
Sofi Oksanen, the Finnish-Estonian author, won the European Book Prize for Purge, which she wrote in Finnish, in 2010. I am not surprised. It's time now for the English-speaking world to discover her.
- Read Sofi Oksanen's prize acceptance speech here.
- Read Maya Jaggi's review of Purge in the Guardian here.
- Author photo courtesy: Toni Härkönen/sofioksanen.com.