Mikko Rimminen’s latest novel The Most Natural Thing in the World is collecting laudatory reviews all over the press.
The biggest Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat: “For me the most lasting offering of the novel is the way Rimminen takes charge of the different genres, totally at his own terms. He takes the parallel realities and the strange artefacts from sci-fi, the crazy scientists and the stereotypical action form suspense stories, and effortlessly makes all of them to work for his own humoristic-macabre vision.”
Aamulehti newspaper: “Playfulness, savouring of words, and bragging are distinctive to Rimminen’s prose. The Most Natural Thing in the World is testing its limits all the time. It seems the author has had fun – as did I.”
Savon Sanomat newspaper: “There is ‘something’ so good in the novel and in Rimminen’s writing, that it is impossible to put it in words.”
Suomen Kuvalehti magazine: “The language in The Most Natural Thing in the World makes experiments in a way rarely seen in Finnish literature. The one thing that emerges is the joy of imagination and writing.”
Jukka Viikilä has received Kaarle Prize for his Finlandia prize winning novel Watercolours from a Seaside City.
The publisher of Gummerus, Anna Baijars, described the title by saying that “The novel shows that you can say a lot by saying a little, and that silence itself can tell a story. The author has found ‘the elegance that can be found only by someone who has an ability to look’, like Engel says in Viikilä’s book.”
Kaarle Prize is given out by Gummerus in the honor of the founder of the publishing house, Kaarle Jaakko Gummerus.
Here are some links to interviews and news made of Helsinki Literary Agency or its authors.
PRIZES WON BY HELSINKI LITERARY AGENCY AUTHORS
“Helsinki Literary Agency authors win Finlandia Prize for both Adult and Children’s books”, Publishing Perspectives 13th December 2017
“Teos Publishing’s Literary Prize Winners and Joint-Venture Literary Agency”, Publishing Perspectives, 4th January 2018
ARTICLES ABOUT AUTHORS AND BOOKS
Kalsarikänni – Pantsdrunk: The Finnish Path to Relaxation
International Hot Book Properties, 7th November 2017
“Rights Roundup: The Midway Point at London Book Fair”, Publishing Perspectives, 11th April 2018
“HS-toimittaja Miska Rantasen Kalsarikänni-kirjasta tuli menestys Frankfurtin kirjamessuilla”, Helsingin Sanomat 12th November 2017
“Tästäkö Suomi jatkossa maailmalla tunnetaan?” Aamulehti 13th February 2018
Lempi, Minna Rytisalo’s prize winning novel
“Rights Roundup: Titles that May Rock the Rights Centre at the London Book Fair”, Publishing Perspectives, 6th April 2018
NEWS ABOUT HELSINKI LITERARY AGENCY ITSELF
The birth of Helsinki Literary Agency
Suomen Kuvalehti magazine, “Author’s Diary” blog, 9th December 2016
Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 9th December 2016
Markkinointi ja mainonta, 9th December 2016
Julkaisija-lehti, 9th December 2016
“Three Finnish Publishers Launch Helsinki Literary Agency”, Publishing Perspectives, 13th December 2016
Finnish national broadcasting radio YLE, 27th December 2016
Later stories about the agency
OP Media, 20th March 2018
Ylen Ajantasa, 27th December 2016
The launching of Helsinki Literary Agency is featured in Publishing Perspectives. Read more about the company and the thoughts of our CEO Urpu Strellman here.