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WINNER OF THE FINLANDIA PRIZE
Seven women meet in a white, undefined space seconds after their deaths
Time, as we understand it, has ceased to exist, and all bodily sensations seem to have disappeared. None of the women can remember what happened to her, or how she got there. They don't know each other. In turn they try to remember, to piece together the fragments of their lives, their identities, their lost loves, and to pinpoint the moment they left their former lives behind.
Playing with genres from essay to poetry, Oneiron is an astonishing work that explores the question of what follows death and delves deep into the lives and experiences of seven unforgettable women.
Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) burst onto the Finnish literary scene in 2007 with her debut novel Scissors, which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country's most prestigious literary honour. Lindstedt's second novel Oneiron has continued Lindstedt's critical success, earning her the 2015 Finlandia Prize. She lives in Helsinki.
Owen Witesman is the most prolific translator of Finnish into English, with dozens of titles to his credit. He holds a BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University and two degrees from Indiana University: an MA in Central Eurasian Studies and a PhD in Public Affairs. He works full time as a literary translator and lives in Springville, Utah.