Authors Kjell Westö and Tommi Kinnunen the interesting Finnish authors at the International Book Festival Budapest
The International Book Festival Budapest will be organized in the heart of the Hungarian capital between 23rd and 26th of April. This year the two Finnish authors visiting the festival will be Tommi Kinnunen, whose first book Where Four Roads Meet has been praised in Finland, and Kjell Westö who has been awarded with the Nordic Council Literature Prize as well as with Finland’s most prestigious literature prize Finlandia.
Kjell Westö (born in 1961) started his career as a poet. During his career Westö has won several major literature prizes such as Finland’s State Prize for Literature in 1990, Finlandia Prize in 2006 and Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2014. His most successful literal works, Where We Once Went and Mirage 38, have recently been translated also into Hungarian and they will appear in the Hungarian bookstores by the beginning of the bookfestival.
The events in Westö’s Where We Once Went take mainly place in Helsinki between 1905 and 1938. The book begins from the times after the Finnish Revolution of 1905 and later also handles events occurring during the Finnish Civil War in 1918, in the happy 1920’s as well as during the years before Finland’s Winter War against Russia. Through the main characters Westö describes especially the Civil War and its dark effects on both of the warring parties. At the same time the book tells a story about life in different social classes and tensions between them.
Westö’s Mirage 38 takes place in Helsinki as well in 1938. In the novel Westö tells an interesting story about a divorced lawyer and his mysterious secretary whose tormenting memories come up from the past.
Tommi Kinnunen (born in 1973) took his final step to the top of the Finnish literature with his first novel Where Four Roads Meet which was published in 2014. The novel was already nominated for the Finlandia Prize in the year when it was published and in spring 2015 it was chosen the Book of the Year in Finland. Where Four Roads Meet is a subtle and precise description of people’s lives in a small village in Northern Finland. The novel handles attitudes and prejudices Finns had in the 20th century. In the small village being different is not tolerated and taking one’s own way and searching for happiness means big battles.
The center of the events at the International Book Festival Budapest is Millenáris event center at address Kis Rókus street 16-20.
Schedule of the Finnish authors at the book festival:
Friday 24th of April 10.00 – 11.30 Development strategies, progress and regression in the recent past and present of Europe panel discussion Európa Pont, Millenáris event center, Lövöház street 35., language: English
- Participants: Kjell Westö (Finland), Pavel Vilikovský (Slovakia), Alfonso Cruz (Portugal), György Dalos (Hungary), Noémi Szécsi (Hungary), Konrád György (Hungary) and Imre Barna (chair, Hungary)
14.30 – 16.00 Development and inequalities in personal and social relations panel discussion Európa Pont, Millenáris event center, Lövöház street 35., language: English
- Participants: Tommi Kinnunen (Finland), Iselin C. Hermann (Denmark), Sylwia Chutnik (Poland), Elisabeth van Nimegen (The Netherlands), Karin Peschka (Austria), Fabio Deotto (Italy), Réka Mán-Várhegyi (Hungary), and Anna Gács (chair, Hungary)
20.00 – 21.00 Indie Booksellers’ Night Tommi Kinnunen, how to debute in the literature world, languages: Finnish, Hungarian Fuga, Petőfi Sándor street 5., Budapest
Saturday 25th of April
11.00 – 12.00 Book launch of Hungarian translations to Kjell Westö’s Mirage 38 (Hägring 38) and Where We Once Went (Där vi en gång gått) Szabó Magda hall, Millenáris event center, Kis Rókus street 16-20
- Presenters: Katalin Mezey and Péter Váradi - Participants: Kjell Westö, translators Béla Jávorszky and Péter Papolczky, interpreter Ildikó Haris and actors Balázs Lázár and Mariann Tallián - Organizers: Írók Alapítványa – Széphalom and L’Harmattan Publishing
12.10 Book signing with Kjell Westö Nordic countries´stand B4, Millenáris event center, Kis Rókus street 16-20
16.00 – 17.30 European First Novel Festival Panel discussion, 90 min., language: English Ervin Lazar Hall, D-building, Millenáris event center, Kis Rókus street 16-20
- Participants: Tommi Kinnunen (Finland), Bouke Billiet (Belgium), Dora Čechova, (Czech Republic), Fabio Deotto (Italy), Franz Friedrich (Germany), Davorin Lenko (Slovenia), Karin Peschka (Austria), Bruno Viera Amaral (Portugal) and Tomáš Varga (Slovakia)
Finnish movies take over Pécs and Szeged
Finnagora will entertain people in South Hungary by screening Finnish films for two days in the towns of Pécs and Szeged in April and May. During the two-day Finnish Film Festival people have a unique chance to see altogether four great Finnish documentary and fiction films. The film days will be held in Pécs between 16th and 17th of April and in Szeged between 8th and 9th of May.
The Finnish Film Days ever outside of Budapest will be opened in both towns on with Tonislav Hristov’s documentary film Love & Engineering which was the winner of the Finnish documentary film festival Docpoint in 2014. In the hilarious movie the dating world is approached through the perspective of male engineers who are trying to discover a scientific formula for finding love.
The other films completing the outstanding selection of the Finnish films are Above Dark Waters which is directed by one of the most well-known Finnish actors Peter Franzén, Arto Halonen’s Patriotic Man which tells a satiric story about Finland’s skiing team and doping, and Song, a beautiful documentary about the last living person in Finland to have learned the ancient rune songs via oral tradition.
The films will be screened in Apolló Mozi in Pécs and in Belvárosi Mozi in Szeged. All the films are spoken in Finnish and subtitled in both Hungarian and English.