On the 19th of Nobember 2009 the Goethe Institute in Brussels together with the Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux organised a literary evening with Sofi Oksanen, a Finnish-Estonian writer and Indrek Tarand.
The event marked the translation of Ms Oksanen’s “Purge” to Dutch, which talks about the events and lives during the Soviet Occupation in Estonia. The book has been “a No. 1 bestseller in Finland with sales exceeding 140 000 copies, Puhdistus has won its author numerous literary prizes, including Finland’s premier literary award, The Finlandia Award, and biggest literary award in Nordic countries, Nordic Council Literature Prize 2010. Oksanen is the youngest author ever to win either one of these prestigious prizes.”
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