06.03.2014 - Riikka Pulkkinen

Riikka Pulkkinen (1980) made a breakthrough with her debut novel The Border in 2009, after studying philosophy and literature in Helsinki. The book made a great impact in Finland and brought her international popularity. In 2011 True was published, followed now by her new novel: The Book of Strangers.

In The Book of Strangers Riikka Pulkkinen tells the story of vicar Maria. She flees Helsinki – and by doing so also her husband – after an incident that makes staying unbearable for her. In the sanctuary of New York Maria must on the one hand come to terms with her past and on the other cope with many new experiences. A lover and a dancer give Maria food for thought and force her to renew the connection with her own body.

The Book of Strangers was translated from Finnish into Dutch as Vreemdeling by Annemarie Raas and published by De Arbeiderspers. This BorderKitchen is made possible by a collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. Riikka Pulkkinen will be interviewed in English by Arjan Peters (de Volkskrant).