Good News from Mon, 25 June, 2012:

New Oksanen book to break print record

Oksanen's bestseller Purge has been turned into an opera and a film Oksanen's bestseller Purge has been turned into an opera and a film

A new novel by Finnish author Sofi Oksanen, which is scheduled for publication in the autumn, will have a record-breaking print run of 100,000 copies for its first edition. That is more copies for a first edition than any other book printed in Finland.

When the Pigeons Disappeared or Kun kyyhkyset katosivat to give it its Finnish title, is set in Estonia between the 1930s and 1960s

Choices, loyalty and adaption in a land at the mercy of an occupation are the main themes of the novel.

The novel will be launched at a public event at the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital Tallinn on August 30.

Evening festivities will include the world premiere of the film Purge, which is based on Oksanen’s international bestseller.   

It feels fantastic that my readers will be taking part in the premiere and the publication events, as they have made all of this possible, Oksanen told Helsingin Sanomat.

Oksanen will also tour Finland with the new novel and the Purge film.

An operatic version of Purge, also a world premiere, ended its run at the Finnish National Opera last month. 

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VL