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.
January 28, 2019
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?
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.
Letting Go of Fear
A LETTER TO MY
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
MUSIC IN YELLOW
AND OTHER COLORS
In Continents, Oona throws a Yellow Party where the guests are asked to bring food, drinks, and music—any type of music is fine as long as it’s yellow: Nino Rota, Kate Bush, Water Music, The Magic Flute, and so on. Visit the Continents website for the full list and listen to the playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.
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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