Rytisalo’s Mrs C. wins the Torch-Bearer Prize 2019!
Minna Rytisalo’s bestselling novel Mrs C. won the Torch-Bearer Prize 2019. The chairman of the jury, popular children’s and youth literature author Timo Parvela, stated: “Mrs. C. is a story about a strong, exceptional woman, and it remains as powerful even when the reader is not aware of Minna Canth as a historical person. Canth is not famous world-wide, and she does not have to be; the novel is a portrayal of a very special marriage and person, beautifully written as it is. I strongly believe the feeling can be conveyed through translation, too.” The Torch-Bearer Prize is given yearly to a title with most potential to succeed outside Finland. Mrs. C., indeed a bestseller in Finland, has recently also won the Book of the Year in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize, and was nominated for the Lapland Literature Prize. Read more about the book here. Rytisalo’s debut Lempi, also a huge success, has won numerous awards and has been recently shortlisted as the favourite book by the German-speaking booksellers in Switzerland! The book is translated by Elina Kritzokat and published by Hanser. More about Lempi here. Congratulations to the author!(Photo: Eriika Ahopelto, Aamulehti)