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Purge (2008)

What happened in the questioning? Why everything changed after that? Who is buried under the floor?

Sofi Oksanen’s bestselling novel Purge is a chilling drama of two generations of women, set in wartime 1940’s Estonia during the Soviet occupation, and in the same country in the 90’s as it grapples with the realities of a new Europe. Narrated through a polyphonic choir of individual voices, Purge tells the suspenseful and dramatic story of Aliide Truu, an old Estonian woman whose hands are soiled with the crimes she committed during the Soviet era, and Zara, a young trafficking victim who in the present has managed to escape and has come to seek shelter at Aliide’s countryside home. As the two women start to approach each other and the links between them are revealed, a tragic and complex family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that plays out during the worst years of the Soviet occupation of Estonia unfolds. In this way, Purge becomes an investigation into the cost of survival in a repressive system.

Purge became a runaway success, and Sofi Oksanen’s major breakthrough: No. 1 bestseller in Finland with sales exceeding 200 000 copies, Puhdistus has won its author numerous literary prizes, including Finland’s premier literary award, The Finlandia Award, as well as Nordic Council Literary Prize, the biggest literary prize in Nordic Countries. Purge has also won the 2010 FNAC prize in France. It was selected from 300 works published in France. This is the first time the award has gone to a foreign author.

With Purge, Oksanen has crafted a work acclaimed and loved for its brave deconstruction of history, its psychological sensitivity and its gripping portraits of women and the female experience of the loss of freedom.

Read an excerpt from Purge

"She could see the leather coat out of the corner of her eye. It squeaked when he moved. He chuckled, his ears red. His chrome-tanned boots shone, although the road was dusty and he wasn’t German. Should she run?”

"She knew men like these. Men with that kind of posture, men who know how to punish a woman, and, they were here to get a woman, and punish her. People with an insolent bearing, who smile broadly with gold teeth, stuffed into their uniforms, with their cap visors level, knowing that no one can deny them what they want. The kind of people who wear boots to trample anyone they want to.” (Purge, trans. Lola Rogers)

    Reading guide (pdf)

    Rights sold to 43 territories.

    Film Rights: Solar Films Inc. (Finland)

      The United States

      • English: Purge

        Paperback

        ISBN: 9780802170774

        Translator: Lola Rogers

        Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (2009)

        Contact: publicity@groveatlantic.com

      United Kingdom

      • English: Purge

        Audiobook

        Publisher: Bolinda Audio (2010)

      • English: Purge

        Paperback

        ISBN: 9781848872110

        Translator: Lola Rogers

        Publisher: Atlantic Books (2010)

        Contact: enquiries@groveatlantic.co.uk

      • English: Purge

        Pocket Book

        Translator: Lola Rogers

        Publisher: Atlantic Books (2011)

        Contact: enquiries@groveatlantic.co.uk

      Albania

      • Albanian: Spastrimi

        Hardcover

        Translator: Ilira Shurbani

        Publisher: Dituria (2011)

        Contact: dituria@icc.al.eu.org

      Brazil

      • Portuguese: Expurgo

        Translator: Julián Fuks

        Publisher: Record (2012)

      Bulgaria

      • Bulgarian: To be announced

        Publisher: Perseus (-)

      China

      • Chinese: To be announced

        Publisher: Shanghai 99 (To be announced)

      Croatia

      • Croatian: Čišćenje

        Hardcover

        Translator: Boris Vidović

        Publisher: Fraktura (2011)

        Contact: fraktura@fraktura.hr

      Czech Republic

      • Czech: Ocista

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788020713193

        Translator: Jan Petr Velkoborsky

        Publisher: Odeon-Euromedia Group (2010)

        Contact: odeon@euromedia.cz

      Denmark

      • Danish: Renselse

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788763811316

        Translator: Helena Idström

        Publisher: Rosinante (2010)

        Contact: Info@rosinante-co.dk

      Estonia

      • Estonian: Puhastus

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789985318584

        Translator: Jan Kaus

        Publisher: Varrak (2010)

        Contact: varrak@varrak.ee

      Finland

      • Finnish: Puhdistus

        Audiobook

        ISBN: 9789510346143

        Publisher: WSOY (2008)

        Contact: Tuuli Leppänen

      • Finnish: Puhdistus

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9789510339732

        Publisher: WSOY (2008)

        Contact: Tuuli Leppänen

      • Finnish: Puhdistus

        Pocket Book

        Publisher: Silberfeldt (2012)

      France

      • French: Purge

        Hardcover

        Translator: Sébastien Cagnoli

        Publisher: Éditions Stock (August 2010)

      • French: Purge

        Pocket Book

        Translator: Sébastien Cagnoli

        Publisher: Livre de Poche (2012)

      Georgia

      • Georgian: წმენდა

        Hardcover

        Publisher: MTP (2012)

      Germany

      • German: Fegefeuer

        Audiobook

        Publisher: Hörbuch Hamburg (2010)

      • German: Fegefeuer

        Hardcover

        Translator: Angela Plöger

        Publisher: Kiepenheuer&Witsch Verlag (August 2010)

      • German: Fegefeuer

        Pocket Book

        Translator: Angela Plöger

        Publisher: BtB (2011)

      Greece

      • Greek: Κάθαρση

        Hardcover

        Translator: Maria Martzoukou

        Publisher: Topos (2011)

        Contact: info@motibo.com

      Hungary

      • Hungarian: Tisztogatás

        Hardcover

        Translator: Éva Pap

        Publisher: Scolar (2011)

      Iceland

      • Icelandic: Hreinsun

        Hardcover

        Translator: Sigurðar Karlssonar

        Publisher: Forlagið (Fall 2010)

        Contact: forlagid@forlagid.is

      India

      • Malayalam: To be announced

        Publisher: Megha-Books (-)

      Israel

      • Hebrew: Hatihur

        Paperback

        ISBN: 9789655174724

        Translator: Rami Saari

        Publisher: Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir Publishing House Ltd (2009)

      Italy

      • Italian: La Purga

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788860883599

        Translator: Nicola Rainò

        Publisher: Guanda (2010)

        Contact: info@guanda.it

      Japan

      • Japanese: しゅくせい

        Translator: Motomo Ueno

        Publisher: Hayakawa (2012)

      Korea

      • Korean: 추방

        Hardcover

        Translator: PARK, HYUNJU

        Publisher: Eunhaengamu (2013)

      Latvia

      • Latvian: Attīrīšanās

        Hardcover

        Translator: Maima Grīnberga

        Publisher: Jumava (2011)

        Contact: reklama@jumava.lv

      Lithuania

      • Lithuanian: Valymas

        Hardcover

        Translator: Aida Krilaviciene

        Publisher: Versus Aureus (2010)

        Contact: versus@versus.lt

      Mexico

      • Spanish: Purga

        Publisher: Almadia (2012)

      Netherlands

      • Dutch: Zuivering

        Paperback

        ISBN: 9789041414717

        Translator: Marja-Leena Hellings

        Publisher: Ambo Anthos (2009)

        Contact: info@amboanthos.nl

      Norway

      • Norwegian: Utrenskning

        Audiobook

        ISBN: 9788242148360

        Translator: Turid Farbregd

        Reader: Gisken Armand

        Publisher: Forlaget Oktober AS (2010)

      • Norwegian: Utrenskning

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788249506545

        Translator: Turid Farbregd

        Publisher: Forlaget Oktober AS (2010)

      Poland

      • Polish: Oczyszczenie

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788324715350

        Translator: Sebastian Musielak

        Publisher: Swiat Ksiazki (2010)

      Portugal

      • Portuguese: A Purga

        Hardcover

        Translator: Anna Toivola de Câmara Leme

        Publisher: Objectiva (2011)

      Romania

      • Romanian: Purificare

        Translator: Adela Victoria Korshin

        Publisher: Polirom (2012)

      Russia

      • Russian: Очищение

        Hardcover

        Translator: Taissia Djafarova

        Publisher: Limbus Press (2010)

      Serbia

      • Serbian: Pročišćenje

        Translator: Borislav Pantic

        Publisher: Carobna knjiga (2012)

      Slovakia

      • Slovak: Očista

        Hardcover

        Translator: Zuzana Drábeková

        Publisher: Slovart (2011)

        Contact: pobox@slovart.sk

      Slovenia

      • Slovenian: Očiščenje

        Translator: Bibi Ovaska Presetnik

        Publisher: Didakta (2011)

        Contact: zalozba@didakta.si

      Spain

      • Basque: Gabriketa

        Translator: Mia Rissanen and Joseba Ossa

        Publisher: Batera saila (2012)

      • Catalan: Purga

        Hardcover

        Translator: Emma Claret, Eila Pyrhönen

        Publisher: La Magrana (2011)

      • Galician: Purga

        Hardcover

        Translator: Tuula Marjatta Ahola Rissanen

        Publisher: Rinoceronte Editora SL (2011)

      • Spanish: Purga

        Hardcover

        Translator: Tuula Marjatta Ahola Rissanen, Tomás Gónzalez Ahola

        Publisher: Salamandra (2011)

      Sweden

      • Swedish: Utrensning

        Hardcover

        ISBN: 9788249506545

        Translator: Janina Orlov

        Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag (2010)

        Contact: Martin Strömberg

      Taiwan

      • Chinese: 救贖

        Publisher: Commonwealth (2012)

      Turkey

      • Turkish: Araf

        Translator: Alï Arda

        Publisher: Pegasus (2010)

      Ukraine

      • Ukrainian: To be announced

        Publisher: Folio (-)

      Reviews

      • Sofi Oksanen has become a literary phenomenon...Purge is a flawed, brilliant piece of work that does not easily relinquish its grip on reader's imagination.
        — The Times (UK) (2010)
      • A sheer masterpiece… A marvel… I hope that everyone in the world who knows how to read, reads Purge.
        — Nancy Huston, author of Fault Lines (2010)
      • Don’t ask me to lend you my copy of Purge. I won’t part with it. I have read it twice. The first time, I was so engrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down, even when my daughter was singing to me. I decided to read it again, slowly. That was difficult. The narrative is so gripping that I found myself totally immersed in the book for the second time. . . . Beautifully crafted . . . Will grip the reader as surely as Steig Larsson’s books have.
        — Megan De Vorsey, The Concord Monitor (US) (2010)
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      Awards

      • Le prix du choix des Libraires du Livre de Poche (2012)
      • The FNAC prize (Le Prix du roman Fnac) (2010)
      • Prix Femina Ètranger (2010)
      • An Indie Next List Notable selection (2010)
      • A Barnes & Noble Summer 2010 Discover title (2010)
      • The European Book Prize (2010)
      • The Nordic Council Literature Award (2010)
      • The Runeberg Award (2009)
      • The Varjo-Runeberg Award (2008)
      • The Finlandia Award (2008)
      • The Kalevi Jäntti Prize (2008)
      • The Varjo-Finlandia Award (2008)
      • The Mika Waltari Award (2008)
      • The SSKR/The Great Finnish Book Club Prize (2008)

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