The first great prose writer in Finnish - considered by some to be
the most genial - was Aleksis Kivi (1834-72), a novelist and
playwright who during his lifetime was largely ignored. Major works
include Seitsemän Veljestä (The Seven Brothers, 1870), his most
celebrated play, and the comedy Nummisuutarit (The Heath
Shoemakers, 1864). He was more modern and many-sided in his expression
than Runeberg, but his image of the
Finnish people was too "raw" and realistic for most people of his era,
and he died in extreme poverty, suffering from a mental illness.
(From the Nordic FAQ)
Swedish translations exist by Arvid Mörne, Per Åke Laurén, Eino Rostén, Elmer Diktonius, Thomas Warburton.
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