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Baby Jane (2005)

Baby Jane is a candid triangle drama in which an awkward and incredibly tender love story plays out in the shadow of Piki’s illness, severe panic disorder.

What happened to Piki —The confident girl who always joked around, who hid everything that she wanted to be invisible inside? What happened to make the coolest girl in town a prisoner in her own home, on the verge of starving to death? In Baby Jane, the female narrator’s great love, Piki, isolates herself in her apartment. Suffering from severe anxiety hysteria, she is unable to deal even with the simplest of everyday chores. Piki’s illness is an unspeakable shame that she tries to hide even from those closest to her. Her girlfriends help and support her as much as they can, but the right words go in the wrong places, and the wrong ones in the right. The second novel from acclaimed Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen is a candid triangle drama in which an awkward and incredibly tender love story plays out in the shadow of Piki’s illness. Laughter, passion, jealousy and tears lead to irreparable loneliness and, at last, to resignation. Baby Jane is also a brave call to debate of themes barely treated in Finnish literature before; the pharmaceutical industry, psychiatric care, and how the Prozac generation got stuck in its pill addiction.

Rights sold to eight territories.

    Available in these countries: Show Czech RepublicShow DenmarkShow EstoniaShow FinlandShow FranceShow HungaryShow NorwayShow SpainShow Sweden

    Czech Republic

    • Czech: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      Translator: Svetova Knihovna

      Publisher: Odeon-Euromedia Group (2014)

      Contact: odeon@euromedia.cz

    Denmark

    • Danish: Baby Jane

      Translator: Birgita Bonde Hansen

      Publisher: Rosinante (2012)

      Contact: Info@rosinante-co.dk

    Estonia

    • Estonian: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      Translator: Tiina Pappel

      Publisher: Tänapäev (2010)

    Finland

    • Finnish: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      ISBN: 9510309664

      Publisher: WSOY (2005)

      Contact: Tuuli Leppänen

    • Finnish: Baby Jane

      Pocket Book

      Publisher: Silberfeldt (2011)

    France

    • French: To be announced

      Publisher: Stock (-)

    Hungary

    • Hungarian: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      Translator: Eva Papp

      Publisher: Scolar (2012)

    Norway

    • Norwegian: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      ISBN: 978-82-495-0794-

      Translator: Morten Abildsnes

      Publisher: Oktober (2011)

      Contact: oktober@oktober.no

    Spain

    • Spanish: Baby Jane

      Publisher: Salamandra (-)

    Sweden

    • Swedish: Baby Jane

      Hardcover

      ISBN: 9789170281044

      Translator: Janina Orlov

      Publisher: Bazar (2008)

    • Swedish: Baby Jane

      Pocket Book

      ISBN: 9789170282393

      Translator: Janina Orlov

      Publisher: Bazar (2010)

    Reviews

    • Bold and confrontational… The hopeless love story the novel portrays resounds beautiful, raw and infinitely sad.
      — Aftenposten (Norway)
    • We are carried away from the first page. With utterly credible insight her powerful, unique, uncompromising voice, completely free from sentimentality, but with a rapid, precise sensitivity that will not surrender before it reaches your innermost… ‘Baby Jane’ is a strong, energetic, upsetting and intense tenderly told novel. Swiftly read, long remaining. In the heart.
      — Vårt Land (Norway)
    • We are talking about world class literature.
      — Klassekampen (Norway)
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