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Linna, Väinö (1920–1992), writer, Finland.

Väinö Linna, Finnish writer, born 1920, died 21 April 1992.

1963 awarded the Nordic Council's prize for literature

After World War II, Vainö Linna had great success with the novel Tuntematon Sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, 1954) which played a part in the healing of the wounds of the war and is read by almost every Finnish schoolkid. The extensive use of dialects make the book quite impossible to translate; translations into English and many other languages do exist, but cannot be recommended very highly (although some say the Swedish one is pretty good). His other major work is the trilogy Täällä pohjantähden alla (Here Under the North Star, 1959-62), a story of the struggles of poor farmers that culminated in the Civil War of 1918.
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Väinö Linna kuoli 21.4.1992. Linnan Pohjantähti-trilogia ei suinkaan kulminoidu vuoden 1918-kansalaissotaan; kolmas osa kokonaisuudessaan kertoo 1920-, 1930- ja 1940-luvun tapahtumista, viimeinen luku sijoittuu 1950-luvun alkuun. Linnan kaksi muuta romaania ovat Päämäärä (1947) ja Musta rakkaus (1948). Merkittävä esseekokoelma Murroksia (1990) on myös syytä muistaa.

(Juhani Sipilä, FL, kotimaisen kirjallisuuden assistentti, Helsingin yliopisto)

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