One of Finland’s most successful novelists, Arto Paasilinna penned thirty-five novels and other books during a career spanning 50 years, and his appeal reached far beyond Finland in a way few other Finnish authors have before. His tragi-comical stories about life have seduced millions of readers around the world, with his work being translated into 40 languages and over eight million copies of his books sold worldwide.  

Described as “the brightest star in the Finnish translated-literature firmament,” by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Paasilinna’s works continue to endure with their modern themes of mental health, ageing, desperation and the tribulations of everyday life which explored in his fast-paced and humorous style, can be described as adventure stories with a satirical take on modern life.