ANJA SNELLMAN

Anja Snellman. Photo: Jouni Harala / New Terrain Press

38 years

25 novels

20 languages

Anja Snellman will celebrate her 40th anniversary as an author in 2021. Throughout her career, she has sought to expand the territory of literature. She also works as a therapist and journalist and continues to write poetry.

Her first work remains the highest-selling debut novel in the history of Finnish literature. In her works, the personal and the universal, the fictive and the documentary intertwine in stories that capture the essence of our existence with fascinating accuracy.

STORYTELLER

Cover: Anna Green / Siulen Design

January 28, 2019
CONTINENTS:
A LOVE STORY

A tender, candid love story, Continents follows Oona and Alex across the map. Oona likes to think of love as a map of the world, with each stage of a relationship its own continent. Every relationship is unique, yet universal—where are you on the world map of love?

Anja Snellman in 1981. Photo: Jussi Aalto / Anja Snellman

Urban Storyteller
THE STORY BEGINS

First, the phone went crazy. Then my mailbox started filling up. I cannot even imagine what my inbox would have looked like if email had existed in the fall of 1981. The book was going to come out in mid-October, but the word started going around the press weeks before.

Anja Snellman. Photo: Jorma Marstio / Lehtikuva

101 Finnish Classics
BOOKS THAT STOOD THE TEST OF TIME

Anja Snellman’s debut novel became a literary sensation in 1981 and is still being passed on from one generation to the next. The writer became a household name overnight, and despite some critics’ predictions, her fame was not short-lived. She has since written 24 novels and continues to love writing.

Cover: Anna Green / Siulen Design

April 2, 2019
SONIA O. WAS HERE

Anja Snellman’s first novel, Sonia O. Was Here, remains the highest-selling debut novel in the history of Finnish literature. The story of Sonia O. lives on, and new generations of readers keep discovering the book. The English edition will be published in April 2019.

"Continents: A Love Story" by Anja Snellman was photographed by Jami Ivanoff at Koli National Park in Finland.

Book Review
A BRIGHT LITERARY
VOICE FROM FINLAND

Simon Lavery, the book blogger at Tredynas Days, read his first-ever Finnish book—and he liked it! “I enjoy the way Anja Snellman conveys the delirious excitement of this erotically charged, blissful, and intimate stage of a marriage, while showing it grounded in the humdrum and everyday,” Lavery writes.

"Continents: A Love Story" by Anja Snellman. Photo: Stefanie Michejda

Continents of Love
VISIT THE WORLD
MAP OF LOVE

In Continents, Oona loves to picture each stage of a relationship as a continent. When two people fall in love, their journey usually begins in Asia and continues in Australia, or perhaps Africa. Some may continue to America, or even begin their journey there. Some may begin in Europe and eventually  find themselves in Asia.

"Sonia O. Was Here" by Anja Snellman. Photo by Tero Honkaniemi

Journal
SEX IN THE
(NORDIC) CITY

“I am an author, but I am also a therapist. What do my clients want to talk about?” writes Anja Snellman in her article about sexuality in Scandinavia. “Sex and loneliness—something slightly reminiscent of what Carrie Bradshaw felt in Sex and the City. But without the glamour of Manhattan and a group of wonderful friends.”

Anja Snellman. Photo: Panu Pälviä / Sanoma

10 Facts of Life
WHERE I HAVE BEEN
AND WHO I AM NOW

Anja Snellman describes herself as a realist, dreamer, challenger, and creator. She sees her books as mileposts on her journey. A nomad by nature, she likes change and variety; she writes about different themes in different styles. As a reader, she loves books where you can feel the presence of the author.

Book Review
A SWEATY BOOK
THAT SMELLS OF LIFE

Sonia O. Was Here has not lost any of its hunger for life over the years. The sweat has not dried, and the heart is beating as passionately and fervently as before,” writes book blogger Omppu Martin in her review. “Something absolutely essential would be missing from our literature without this book.”

Leafy Weather
SOME WRITERS STAY WITH YOU FOR LIFE

Even though you do not know authors personally, they may become lifelong companions, much like friends with whom you can simply catch up, even after years of being out of touch. Their stories may intertwine with your life story in surprising ways.

Anja Snellman. Photo by Tero Honkaniemi

Letting Go of Fear
A LETTER TO MY
YOUNGER SELF

“That young girl was so scared, always retreating and escaping,” Anja Snellman writes in her letter to her younger self. “So often, she had no self-confidence or self-esteem.” Her life-changing moments include the recent realization that she is a highly sensitive person.

"Continents: A Love Story" by Anja Snellman

Book Review
A CLEVER NOVEL
WITH A WARM HEART

“You root for them but also enjoy their life being exposed in this clever and highly technically competent novel with a warm heart,” writes book blogger Liz Dexter about Oona and Alex, the main characters of Continents: A Love Story, a book that “can be devoured in a couple of sittings or savored.”

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