Kirjallisuus — Literature


Omia artikkeleitani — My articles

Exiles from Nowhere

10 February 2006

The Turkish dilemma

17 October 2005

"Finland's Palestinian from Israel"

9 August 2004

Bertolt Brechtiä vivutaan jalustalta

Kotimaa, 1.9.1994

Salman Rushdie, saatanalliset säkeet ja uskonto

Kotimaa, 8.10.1991

Mielikuvien Lontoo

BBC Finnish Section, 18.5.1991

Dickensin salainen rakastajatar

BBC Finnish Section, 15.2.1991

Uskonto uhkapelinä

BBC Finnish Section, 12.12.1990

Irlannin kipeä eteneminen uuteen aikaan

BBC Finnish Section, 12.10.1990

Enkelten portti

BBC Finnish Section, 12.10.1990

Keski-iän kipeää rakkautta

BBC Finnish Section, 24.8.1990

Jännitystä Belfastissa

BBC Finnish Section, 13.6.1990


BBC Finnish Section, 30.5.1990

Väärä messias

BBC Finnish Section, 19.3.1990

Hirveän suuri seikkailu

BBC Finnish Section, 21.2.1990

Lontoon laitakatujen hämärää elämää

BBC Finnish Section, 12.2.1990

Englantilaisen aristokratian palveluksessa

BBC Finnish Section, 10.7.1989

Maailmanhistorian ajatusseikkailuja

BBC Finnish Section, 10.7.1989

Chicago Moskovassa

BBC Finnish Section, 16.3.1989

Vallankumousta odoteltaessa

BBC Finnish Section, 3.11.1988

Saatanalliset säkeet

Suomen Kuvalehti, 1988


Muiden kirjoittajien artikkeleita — Articles by other writers


Honest to a Fault by Danny Heitman, Humanities, Summer 2019

How Vasily Grossman became a thorn in Stalin’s side by Victor Sebestyen, New Statesman, 26 Jun 2019

On the Centennial of Iris Murdoch's Birth, Remembering a 20th-Century Giant by Dwight Garner, The New York Times, 25 June 2019

A Complex Fate: Vasily Grossman in war and peace by Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Nation, 12 June 2019

The Achievement of Vasily Grossman by Joseph Epstein, Commentary, May 2019

Kurt Vonnegut's ‘Slaughterhouse-Five' at 50: One of the most imaginative novels about war ever written by Martin Chilton, Independent, 1 April 2019

Ursula K. Le Guin Was a Creator of Worlds by Julie Phillips, Humanities, Winter 2019

The Political George Orwell by David N. Smith, Jacobin, 25 June 2018

Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate: staring history in the face by Gabriel Levy, People and Nature, 14 May 2018

“No Longer the Person I Was”: The Dazzling Correspondence of Albert Camus and Maria Casarès by Robert Zaretsky, Los Angeles Review of Booka, 4 March 2018

Imagining a better world with Ursula K. Le Guin by Christopher Zimmerly-Beck, ZNet, 31 January 2018

Clinton at Cheltenham: Why It's Time to Throw the Book at 'Literary Festivals' by Neil Clark, Sputnik, 23 October 2017

Saving Orwell by Peter Ross, Boston Review, 6 October 2017

John Berger and the Booker Prize by Anrhony Barnett, openDemocacy, 25 July 2017

Le Carré's Other Cold War by Ian Buruma, The Nation, 5 October 2016

Ursula Le Guin Has Stopped Writing Fiction—but We Need Her More Than Ever by Zoë Carpenter, The Nation, 5 October 2016

The Romantic Englishman by Enda O'Doherty, Dublin Review of Books, June 2015

George Orwell's socialism by Luca Tavan, Red Flag, 18 May 2015

Günter Grass: final interview reveals author's fears of another world war by Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, 14 April 2015

Günter Grass obituary by Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, 13 April 2015

The price of books, the value of civilization by Toby Mundy, Pandaemonium, 9 August 2014

Maya Angelou obituary by Lyn Innes, The Guardian, 28 May 2014

Gabriel García Márquez: 'I felt close to him immediately' by Susanna Rustin, The Guardian, 25 April 2014

Magic in Service of Truth by Salman Rushdie, International New York Times, 21 April 2014

"He Gave Us Back Our History": Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview, Democracy Now! 18 April 2014

Gabriel García Márquez obituary by Nick Caistor, The Guardian, 17 April 2014

My hero: George Orwell by John Carey, The Guardian, 28 March 2014

Trotsky in Cuba by Samuel Farber, Jacobin, March 2014

Killing Trotsky by Louis Proyect, CounterPunch, 28 February 2014

Writers ask Penguin to cancel contracts by Manisha Pande, DNAIndia, 16 February 2014

Doris Lessing obituary by Lorna Sage, The Guardian, 17 November 2013

Biggles flies uncensored: more whisky, less jingoism by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, 17 November 2013

This glorious and unruly English language that lets everyone in by Fintan O'Toole, The Observer, 15 September 2013

Other worlds are possible: science fiction authors roundtable, Red Pepper, August 2013

How Achebe and Marley inspired a London teenager by Keme Nzerem, Channel 4 News, 23 March 2013

Why Salman Rushdie should stick to holding Obama to account by Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian, 4 January 2013

Why Salman Rushdie should pause before condemning Mo Yan on censorship by Pankaj MIshra, The Guardian, 13 December 2012

Nuruddin Farah: a life in writing by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, 21 September 2012

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie - review by Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian, 18 September 2012

Personal History: The Disappeared by Salmon Rushdie, The New Yorker, 17 September 2012

Orhan Pamuk: Turkey's enemy within finds peace by Shaun Walker, The Independent, 20 August 2012

Rereading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro by Salman Rushdie, The Guardian, 17 August 2012

In times of crisis, fiction has to take a back seat by Ahdaf Soueif, The Guardian, 17 August 2012

Owen Jones accuses Martin Amis of chav hate in Lionel Asbo by Annemarie Lopez, The Week with The First Post, 21 June 2012

Life sentence by AN Wilson, Financial Times, 5 May 2012

Amazon's Assault on Intellectual Freedom by Bryce Milligan, MR Zine, 13 March 2012

Adonis: a life in writing by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, 27 January 2012

Why Salman Rushdie's voice was silenced in Jaipur by William Dalrymple, The Guardian, 26 January 2012

Salman Rushdie goes on offensive after Indian festival appearance is cancelled by Jason Burke, The Guardian, 24 January 2012

Those who would murder Rushdie will never learn by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent, 23 January 2012

Why I quoted from The Satanic Verses by Hari Kunzru, The Guardian/Comment is free, 22 January 2012

I had no idea reading from The Satanic Verses is a crime: Dalrymple by Sandip Roy, Firstpost.India, 22 January 2012

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman by Francis Spufford, The Guardian, 31 August 2011

Readers flock to New Finnish Grammar by Tim Bird, This is Finland, August 2011

James Joyce: A Biography by Gordon Bowker - review by Declan Kiberd, The Guardian, 5 August 2011

Still caught out by Catch-22 by Daniel Swift, New Statesman, 7 July 2011

New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani – review by Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian, 26 May 2011

The Intimate Orwell by Simon Leys, The New York Review of Books, 26 May 2011

Stieg Larsson, My Friend by Kurdo Baksi – review by Rosie Swash, The Observer, 31 October 2010

A life in writing: Günter Grass by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, 30 October 2010

Estonian Foreign Minister weighs in in defence of Sofi Oksanen's Purge, Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 8 October 2010

International acclaim for Sofi Oksanen's Purge annoys some in Estonia, Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 7 October 2010

Purge by Sofi Oksanen by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, 21 August 2010

Feted British authors are limited, arrogant and self-satisfied, says leading academic by Dalya Alberge, The Guardian, 28 July 2010

The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago by Ursula K Le Guin, The Guardian, 24 July 2010

Mystery over final Steig Larsson book answered, The Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2010

Beyond time and space by E.L. The Economist, 3 July 2010

Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman by Christopher Tayler, The Guardian, 22 May 2010

In praise of … Vasily Grossman, Editorial, The Guardian, 18 May 2010

Stieg Larsson fans fight to solve final mystery of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Anita Singh, The Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2010

Vasily Grossman, Russia's greatest chronicler, awaits redemption by Luke Harding, The Guardian, 6 May 2010

The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi, translated by Polly McLean by Maya Jaggi, The Guardian, 24 April 2010

Shakespeare, Sex & Love by Stanley Wells by Simon Callow, The Guardian, 24 April 2010

Philip Pullman: 'I hope the wretched Catholic church will vanish entirely' by Laura Barton, The Guardian, 19 April 2010

George Orw ell: lost letter revealed by D.J. Taylor, The Times, 17 April 2010

Christopher Hitchens re-reads Animal Farm, The Guardian, 17 April 2010

Koestler: The Indispensable Intellectual by Michael Scammell by Tibor Fischer, The Guardian, 17 April 2010

Lunch with the FT: Philip Pullman by Amanda Mitchison, Financial Times, 2 April 2010

The Dead Republic by Cole Moreton, Financial Times, 27 March 2010

William Morris in Iceland by Fiona MacCarthy, The Guardian, 27 March 2010

The enigmatic Stieg Larsson by Helen Rumbelow, The Times, 27 March 2010

Stieg Larsson – by the woman who shared his life by Rachel Cooke, The Observer, 21 February 2010

Stieg Larsson: the man who loved women by Katharine Hibbert, The First Post, 30 September 2009

Diaries By George Orwell Reviewed by Sarah Churchwell, New Statesman, 24 September 2009

A life in books by Lisa Allardice, The Guardian, 5 September 2009

Between worlds by Ian Black, The Guardian, 27 June 2009

Bigfoot and the Frogs of war by Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 20 June 2009

At last: a true champion for Ulysses by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 31 May 2009

Eternal vigilance by Keith Gessen, New Statesman, 28 May 2009

Defeat into victory by D J Taylor, New Statesman, 28 May 2009

The masterpiece that killed George Orwell by Robert McCrum, The Observer, 10 May 2009

Ruined souls by John Banville, The Guardian, 28 February 2009

The finest dramatist of his generation and a man with a great heart by Michael Billington, The Guardian, 27 December 2008

Obiturary: Harold Pinter by Michael Billington, The Guardian, 25 December 2008

'A poet's ear for language and a flawless sense of dramatic rhythm' by Michael Billington, The Guardian/Theatre Blog, 25 December 2008

Harold Pinter - I salute you by Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy, 25 December 2008

Fighting talk by Michael Billington, The Guardian, 3 May 2008

Age of innocence by Terry Eagleton, The Guardian, 26 July 2008

The servant's tale by Anne Karpf, The Guardian, 12 July 2008

Writing against himself by Thomas de Waal, Prospect Magazine, July 2008

Sects and the city by Aamer Hussein, The Independent, 20 June 2008

Orhan Pamuk and the idea of the novelist by Christopher de Bellaigue, The Times Literary Supplement, 19 March 2008

Miracles of Life by Philip Hensher, The Spectator, 5 February 2008

JG Ballard reminisces on his boyhood years in Miracles of Life, The Sunday Times, 20 January 2008


Pamuk: prophet or poseur? by Claire Berlinski

The Globe and Mail, 22 December 2007

A classic by any other name by Gary Dexter

The Sunday Telegraph, 18 November 2007

'I care about the beauty of a page more than about freedom of speech' (Orhan Pamuk) by Kenan Malik,, 25 October 2007

'I wanted to explore desire and hatred' by Stuart Jeffries

The Guardian, 18 October 2007

Outsider Enright wins tight contest for Booker prize by Charlotte Higgins

The Guardian, 17 October 2007

Doris Lessing and the Dynamite Prize by Peter Linebaugh

CounterPunch, 16 October 2007

The Political Doris Lessing by Dan Kellum

The Nation, 12 October 2007

A View of the Bosporus by Pico Iyer

The New York Times, 30 September 2007

El triunfo de la libertad por Luis Fernando Moreno Claros

El País/Babelia, 23 de septiembre de 2007

Continental collisions by Richard Lea

The Guardian, 7 August 2007

Sir Salman's long journey by Priyamvada Gopal

The Guardian, 18 June 2007

'If I'm at my desk, I'm happy' (Orhan Pamuk) by Richard Lea

The Guardian, 31 May 2007

Peace Be With You, Mr. Vonnegut by Harvey Wasserman

CounterPunch, 13 April 2007

Obituary: Kurt Vonnegut by Phil Baker

The Guardian, 13 April 2007

Kurt Vonnegut : a voice for life by Christopher Bigsby

openDemocracy, 12 April 2007

We are catching up with this man's creative talent at last by Michael Billington

The Guardian, 1 March 2007

Javier Cercas: Fortunes of war and peace by Michael Eaude

The Independent, 3 November 2006

By George, he was brilliant by Gordon Bowker

The Observer, 29 October 2006

Implied author by Orhan Pamuk

The Guardian, 28 October 2006

Orwell in 'Tribune', Ed. Paul Anderson by Sean French

The Independent, 27 October 2006

Nobel for a writer, not his politics by Maureen Freely

The Guardian, 13 October 2006

Translated man by James Campbell

The Guardian, 30 September 2006

Portrait: Vasily Grossman by Robert Chandler

Prospect, September 2006

Obituary: Naguib Mahfouz by Denys Johnson-Davies

The Guardian, 31 August 2006

The denial of true reflection by John Berger

The Guardian, 21 August 2006

Günter Grass is my hero, as a writer and a moral compass by John Irving

The Guardian, 19 August 2006

Javier Marias: In search of lost time by Christina Patterson

The Independent, 28 July 2006

Who do you write for? That is the question by Orhan Pamuk

International Herald Tribune, 28 July 2006

Notes from a small island by James Campbell

The Guardian, 8 July 2006

Kalevala enchants in English as well by Laura Linkomies

Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 7 March 2006

Love in a cold climate by Stephanie Merritt

The Observer, 5 March 2006

Out of the ruins of Stalingrad, a book that changed my life by Martin Kettle

The Guardian, 25 March 2006

Kurt Vonnegut: A Requiem for the USA

Sunday Herald, 5 January 2006

Vonnegut's Blues for America by Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday Herald, 5 January 2006

The trials of Orhan Pamuk and Turkey by Can V. Yeginsu

The Times, 1 February 2006

Finnish books in translation finding their way onto European shelves by Jukka Petäjä

Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 10 January 2006

Hollow laughter by Kurt Vonnegut

The Guardian, 14 January 2006

On Trial by Orhan Pamuk

The New Yorker, 12 December 2005

Another piece of the puzzle by DJ Taylor

The Guardian, 10 December 2005

Art, truth and politics by Harold Pinter

ZNet, 7 December 2005

As others see us by Orhan Pamuk

The Guardian, 29 October 2005

Orhan Pamuk: 'I stand by my words. And even more, I stand by my right to say them...' by Maureen Freely

The Observer, 23 October 2005

“Love me, or leave me?”: the strange case of Orhan Pamuk by Murat Belge

openDemocracy, 18 October 2005

How can a country that victimises its greatest living writer also join the EU? by Salman Rushdie

The Times, 14 October 2005

Freedom of speech is non-negotiable by Robert McCrum

The Observer, 18 September 2005

Runes of song by Maya Jaggi

The Guardian, 3 September 2005

Turkey hands its enemies an own goal by Maureen Freely

The Independent, 31 August 2005

A Week in Books: Finland's literary history by Boyd Tonkin

The Independent, 26 August 2005

Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marias by Guy Mannes-Abbott

The Independent, 13 May 2005

A fiction based on falsehood: Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code by Piers Paul Read

The Spectator, 18 December 2004

Are We Alone, Arundhati Roy? by Andre Vltchek

ZNet, 12 November 2004 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet at

Run over by history by Nicholas Lezard

The Guardian, 18 September 2004

From the trenches of Northern Helsinki to the front line of Nordic literature

Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 2 March 2004

Lights on a string: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson by Ali Smith

The Guardian, 12 June 2003

Island heaven: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson reviewed by Jonathan Heawood

The Observer, 15 June 2003


From Polarities and Eagle Street

Epic novel translated into English

6 November 2001

Sorrow in Moominvalley

29 June 2001

To the Finland Station

16 March 2001

Kalevala on Internet

1 March 2001

Kekkonen as patron of literature

13 September 2000

Joan Tate: Interpreter of Nordic cultures

15 June 2000

Responses to Liksom in different cultures

9 June 2000

Paasilinna's novel gains popularity among British readers

5 June 2000

Attack against Kant inspired Moomintroll character

9 August 1999

Skating on the Sea: Poetry from Finland

January 1998

The 'disciplinisation' of Finnish historiography

October 1997

The taboo of decadence in Finnish literature

October 1997



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