Anja Snellman


New Terrain Press/Jouni Harala

40 years, 26 novels

Anja Snellman celebrated 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, Sonia O. Was Here, remains the highest-selling debut novel in the history of Finnish literature. More…

“My second home”

The Kallio Library in Helsinki celebrated its 110th anniversary in early October 2022. Designed by Karl Hård af Segerstad, the library building was completed in 1912. Since then, it has undergone three major renovations: after the war in the 1940s, in 1991, and most recently from June to the beginning of October 2022. The Kallio Library has played a major role on Anja Snellman’s path to becoming a writer. Continue >>

20 questions

Anja Snellman answered twenty questions about her life and career. The questions are partly based on the Proust Questionnaire, a parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, a French novelist and essayist. He believed that the questions reveal the true nature of the person answering them. What book should everyone read? What skill would you like to master? What are you afraid of? What is your greatest achievement? Continue >>

Impressions of Helsinki

Many of Anja Snellman’s books take place in Kallio, the traditional working-class neighborhood of Helsinki where she grew up. Despite its progress, Kallio has never lost its soul: its history is still present in many ways. This rugged charm attracted Lina Leden, the founder of Helsinki Posters, to Kallio five years ago. “Helsinki Posters has given me the opportunity to take more photos than ever before, which I love.” Continue >>

Gracefully alert

What do artist Susanna Kaapu and Anja Snellman have in common? A fascination with deer, to begin with: their graceful alertness, constant vigilance, and instinctive readiness to react in less than a heartbeat. Like Snellman, Kaapu is a highly sensitive person. “Through deer, I can best express my sensitivity and longing for a comforting, gentle gaze. I’m easily scared, yet cautiously curious about the world.” Continue >>

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